SBA Deploys AI, Cloud Capabilities for Pilot Cybersecurity Efforts

Jeff Brody

The Small Business Administration conducted a pilot project focusing on using artificial intelligence and cloud technology to improve agencies’ cybersecurity posture, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Guy Cavallo, deputy chief information officer of SBA, told attendees at a Nextgov event that the agency conducted 90-day sprint pilots using cloud infrastructure and iterative procedures that helped simplify development operations. He added that SBA’s pilot efforts helped establish cloud cyber tools as viable cybersecurity capabilities for the agency that meet the goals under the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program.

“Unfortunately we don’t have any data scientists or any AI experts on staff at SBA, so it is something we are going to have to work through, most likely through contractors with government leadership,” Cavallo noted.

SBA and other agencies like the Department of Veterans Affairs are working on addressing bias issues in datasets and AI algorithms. 

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