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Christopher Krebs on DHS Cyber Agency’s AI Adoption

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Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said CISA is developing the role of artificial intelligence in election security, Fifth Domain reported Wednesday. Krebs, a 2019 Wash100 winner, said that the agency is approaching the “walking phase” when it comes to AI during a Chertoff Group event on Tuesday.

“We’re still dealing here with some really basic issues. … But at the same time, as we continue to push out capabilities, it opens up opportunity for AI and machine learning.”

He cited the potential role of algorithms in analyzing petabytes of data that intrusion detection systems and network sensors create and the agency’s plan to use AI in addressing routine operations to free up analysts for more critical tasks.

“If we’re just talking about a windows box behaving abnormally … I want to be able to have a tier one or tier two automated process where I can put them in a walled-up garden and we can inspect it or get it up to the policy and bring it back in,” Krebs said. “But if there’s an industrial control system application or there’s some lifesaving nexus, then we’re talking completely different governance model and decision-making process.”