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FBI, DHS Officials on Threats, Benefits of Emerging Techs

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Officials from FBI and the Department of Homeland Security said that agencies should look at the advantages and potential risks of integrating emerging technologies, like the cloud, 5G network and augmented reality, into their operations, GovernmentCIO Media & Research reported Thursday.

Federal agencies are exploring the cloud that could increase flexibility and accessibility of data. However, the migration may also put sensitive information at risk of interference. For the FBI, moving to the digital platform could allow hackers to manipulate digital evidence, said Jeremy Wiltz, assistant director of the FBI’s enterprise services division.

The rise of 5G network has advantages and some challenges. Agencies should maintain integrity of older technologies 4G and LTE to provide a roadmap for how to secure communications over 5G. Another emerging technology that’s gaining attention is augmented reality. For some agencies, AR could help understand new information technology capabilities and threats through simulation. 

Brian Gattoni, chief technical officer at Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency under the Department of Homeland Security, said the technology could secure critical infrastructures and manage cyber risks for national security. The technology can also help train cybersecurity professionals to prepare for future threats.