Rep. Will Hurd Talks AI, Cybersecurity at Forum

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Will Hurd

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said artificial intelligence could help speed up the processing of security clearances within days and the U.S. government should allocate resources to further develop and leverage AI capabilities, Fifth Domain reported Friday.

“First, we should increase the resources devoted to research and development. That’s an easy one,” Hurd said Thursday at the Dell Technologies Forum. “The government can also set an example and lead the way in adopting AI. This can save taxpayer dollars, tons of money and make government more efficient.”

Hurd, who announced that he will not run for re-election in 2020, said the government and industry should collaborate to address cybersecurity threats. He also discussed the shortage of cyber professionals and security threats associated with internet of things.

“It has to be more than just information sharing,” Hurd said. “That’s not happening enough, but we have to establish a framework [on] operation collaboration that not only combines incident response, but mitigation and prevention as well.”

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