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What Does Emerging Tech Hold for Cybersecurity?
With emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain continuing to reveal their capabilities to the marketplace, Federal IT leaders discussed the potential–and the pitfalls–of implementing new technology in government during a Thursday session at an event hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). One of the main topics of discussion was the use of AI in cybersecurity, particularly within the framework of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) framework administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to improve Federal civilian agency security. “You see a lot of human resources are being leveraged to normalize this data, and say, ‘This is really good, this is bad’. I think what AI will give us is the ability to reduce a lot of that counting aspect, as I call it,” said Kevin Graber, CISO at the U.S. Secret Service. “If I’m chasing down a series of assets every month that don’t quite fit the mold or are not in some sort of FISMA [Federal Information Security Management Act] system, then that’s really a waste, and a repetitive process, and now I have to go find the processes allowing for that and fix it. Hopefully I can minimize this work,” he added, though he voiced doubts that the human element would be removed from the CDM process.
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