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Artificial Intelligence in the Cyber Fight

posted Aug 4, 2018, 10:59 AM by James Caroland   [ updated Aug 4, 2018, 11:03 AM ]
By Michael Lenart 

Article Summary

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are significantly changing how attackers and defenders operate in cyberspace. The increasing ability of machines to perceive, learn, decide, and act on their own – and to do so much more quickly than humans can – is forcing cyber operators to cede some ground to AI in what is an increasingly machine-speed fight. This trend is reinforced by the rise of the Internet of Things, which exponentially increases the vectors through which attacks can occur and therefore places a premium on machines' ability to process large amounts of information relatively quickly. Besides affecting everyday cybersecurity practices, the increasing use of AI will also affect how military cyber operations are conducted. Nevertheless, machines do not currently possess humans' judgment, sense of context, or general intelligence. As such, for the foreseeable future, the optimal use of AI will pair machines' processing power and speed with humans' higher level thinking skills.


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Aug 4, 2018, 10:59 AM