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FBI Wants to Explore Cloud to Speed Up Terrorism Investigations

The FBI is looking at the cloud, artificial intelligence and machine learning to help its investigators and analysts speed up review of large volumes of data collected in terrorism investigations, FedScoop reported Wednesday.

Christine Halvorsen, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, said the agency has been obtaining more data than it can handle manually.

Speaking at Amazon Web Servicesre:Invent conference in Las Vegas, she suggested that adopting cloud technology and integrating AI and machine learning tools could help analyze vast data quickly, such as identifying subjects in various video footage. 

Halvorsen noted that the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division already utilized the cloud by moving its data and services to AWS, which helped reduce manual work for analysts by 98 percent and costs by 70 percent. She aims to expand the use of cloud for information sharing with the intelligence community, state and local authorities and the private sector to expand counterterrorism efforts.  

“It’s all there, but we don’t have the ability to put the pieces of the puzzle together right now because it’s all being held separately,” Halvorsen said. 

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