By David Vergun
Attacks by hostile governments and criminal networks against civilian cyberspace and defense ministry assets are constant threats. As artificial intelligence grows in cyberspace and matures enterprise-wide, it will also become a target, said the director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.
The first aspect of AI cyber defense begins with networks, said Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Michael S. Groen in a fireside chat at the Billington CyberSecurity Summit on Friday.
“The department is undergoing a small change of mind about networks and architecture. Our networks are at the heart of our war architecture. Our networks are weapons and therefore we must treat them as weapons. We have to, we have to plan to protect them, to make them resilient because anything we are going to do in an artificial intelligence or data-based way will depend on security. [of] these networks, ”he said.
As a result, the department has paid a lot of attention to network security and has done a very good job of hardening things like zero trust architecture, cloud security, transport layer, switching and switching. routing, Groen pointed out.
Contradictory AI has its own unique challenges like data poisoning, identity theft and deep forgery, etc., he said.
“Special attention is paid to the security of AI within the department, so a lot of work is done to test the vulnerabilities of the algorithms and keep a lid on spoofs, interruptions and poisonings,” he said. declared.
Detecting threats and abnormal activity on the network at high operating rates, such as in combat, is important, he said. AI can help humans monitor the network for threats – a feat that sometimes exceeds the physical and mental capabilities of humans.
There are a number of initiatives to use AI for network protection, Groen said. The department is working closely with US Cyber Command, network managers and others to make this happen.
Groen said he believes the department’s ability to use AI for network protection will increase rapidly over the next several years.
A culture change will be needed for operators and fighters to embrace AI integration, he said.
Commanders who are going to use AI in decision making will need to understand its limitations and understand what it will actually do for them. Operators need to know how to use AI and wield an algorithm like they would wield a weapon, he said.
The department is not going to flip a switch and suddenly activate the AI, he said. Instead, he took an incremental approach, starting with small-scale AI for the most pressing issues, and then finding other ways to use AI to improve how processes work within a framework. ethics.
There is a lot of latent talent among the young people joining the military, he said. This talent needs to be nurtured and developed so that they can find challenges and rewards using cyber and AI to empower fighters.