Report: US Military Needs Automated Tech, Testing Capabilities for Evolving Cyber Threats

The U.S. Army is seeking information on cyber capabilities based on artificial intelligence and machine learning that can protect systems against sophisticated attacks, Bloomberg reported Monday.

Robert Behler, director of operational test and evaluation for the Department of Defense, said in a report that the military's system defenders “need to improve speed and accuracy for processing reported incidents” despite their increasing capacity for thwarting mock attacks from the Red Team. He recommended the DoD provide funding for automated tools and cybersecurity testing to be conducted by private firms, military service institutions and academic entities.

Behler analyzed four years of post-exercise reports on cyber challenges conducted by Red Teams, which operate under the Army’s Threat Systems Management Office. The findings of Behler’s report will potentially be discussed at a Senate Armed Services hearing with DoD Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy. The hearing will touch on topics such as the Pentagon's cyber-related regulations.

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