General Says Artificial Intelligence (AI) Will Play Important Role in Network Defense

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Source: U.S. Marine Corps,
Source: U.S. Marine Corps,

October 20, 2021 | Originally published by U.S. Department of Defenese on October 8, 2021

Attacks by hostile governments and criminal networks on civilian and Defense Department cyberspace assets are constant threats. As artificial intelligence grows in cyberspace and as it matures to enterprise-scale, it too will become a target, said the Director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.

The first aspect of cyber defense of AI starts with the networks, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Michael S. Groen said today during a virtual fireside chat at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit.

“The Department is undergoing a little bit of a mind shift on networks and architecture. Our networks are a core piece of our warfighting architecture. Our networks are weapons, and, so, we have to treat them like weapons. We have to, we have to plan to protect them, make them resilient because everything that we’re going to do in an artificial intelligence or data-driven way will depend on the security [of] those networks,” he said.

As a result, the Department has paid a lot of attention to network security and has done a really good job of shoring up things like zero-trust architecture, cloud security, the transport layer, switching, and routing, Groen pointed out.

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