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DHS, Pentagon Look at AI for Cyber Readiness Efforts

Jeff Brody

The departments of Homeland Security and Defense plan to use artificial intelligence to improve their cybersecurity posture and allow their workforce to focus on more complex tasks, Federal News Network reported Friday.

Martin Stanley, a technical and AI adviser for DHS' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said the department plans to support its cyber analysts’ work with the use of AI platforms.

“As managers, we really need to start looking at ways that we can transition folks into new positions, and build these human-machine teams that allow the humans to do the thing that they’re good at — which is to deal with the unpredictable, very complex kinds of decisions,” Martin said.

Ray Cook, chief technology officer for the CIA’s science and technology directorate, said he thinks AI tools could help analysts manage large data workloads.

“We have a huge data problem … and we have a finite workforce that has no chance whatsoever of keeping up with the pace — the variety, velocity and volume of that data, without some automation,” Cook said.

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