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Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity Workshop

June 4, 2019 - June 6, 2019

Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity Workshop

The NSTC‘s NITRD Subcommittee, in collaboration with the NSTC’s MLAI Subcommittee, and through the sponsorship of the NSTC’s Special Cyber Operations Research & Engineering (SCORE) held a workshop to assess the key research challenges and opportunities at the intersection of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence (AI). The NSTC, led by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is the principal means within the Executive Branch to coordinate science and technology policy across the diverse Federal R&D enterprise. The workshop discussed current and future research activities in this space, including potential research gaps to help the federal government plan future R&D in this area.

The workshop identified capability gaps and prospective research directions relating to the use of AI and machine learning (ML), including:

  • Using AI/ML to improve security
    • Using AI to understanding threat models, improve the detection of threats, protection of systems, and adaptation of systems to increase their resiliency to future cyberattacks
    • Developing defensive methods that effectively counter cyber-attacks that utilize AI capabilities
  • Improve security of AI
    • Define and understand AI vulnerabilities
    • Improve resiliency of AI methods and algorithms to various forms of attacks

The workshop included subject matter experts from industry, academia, and the Federal Government. The outcome of the workshop was a public report that summarizes research challenges and opportunities at the intersection of AI and cybersecurity. The NITRD and MLAI Subcommittees may then develop joint recommendations for federal research directions and priorities.

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