In order to safeguard the United States from hostile cyber actors, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will be used.
Jason Wang, technical director of the National Security Agency’s Computer and Analytic Sciences Research Group, predicted that AI will aid the Intelligence Community’s (IC) efforts to safeguard and defend our nation’s networks in the future.
He stated, “I believe the next frontier for us is definitely in the cybersecurity sector.” “There’s a lot of potential… to get machines to respond to this extremely low latency, highly dynamic situation in ways that aren’t truly human-time.”
Mr. Wang was replying to a question on cybersecurity and AI presented by former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, one of several hundred people in attendance during a virtual web briefing on July 12th that included AI specialists from the CIA and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA).
Mr. Wang added, “[Cybersecurity] is a sector where we’ve had [AI] projects underway that I think we’d want to grow along with our partners.”
“In our sector, it is a highly dynamic… worldwide competition,” he added, “but there are things we can do to retain our advantages.”
The National Security Agency (NSA) works closely with members of the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, which was established in 2018 to investigate the application of artificial intelligence in battle.
The Agency’s work over the last ten years to create natural language processing, a type of AI that allows computers to understand human language, were also discussed on Monday.
“At the NSA, like with most of our business and academic colleagues, our journey began in this area of natural language processing and computer vision — bringing skills such as machine transcription, machine translation, and so on to our mission,” he added. “Maturing those basic AI skills… to extend to some of our primary goals has been part of the journey over the last decade.”
According to Mr. Wang, the NSA’s cybersecurity triage mission is one of the areas where natural language processing has had an influence.
He stated, “We’ve been able to extend AI research findings into mission applications.” “What that has allowed us to accomplish over the last decade is create a culture and trust climate in which we can have an AI discussion with our analysts, decision makers, and policy leaders in ways that are empirically driven, rather than theoretical.”
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