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Oki Mek: AI, Machine Learning Could Help Speed Up ATO Processes

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Hackers are targeting federal information technology systems as employees transition to telework due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Oki Mek, a top IT adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said that highlights the need to accelerate the authority to operate processes, FCW reported Wednesday.

Mek, senior adviser to the HHS chief information officer and ReImagine project, said using artificial intelligence and machine learning to automate ATO processes could help speed up reviews of security controls on an IT system and generate an assessment within days or hours.

"When you assess a system for an ATO, there are about 500 – 600 security controls. You could run machine learning against each requirement," he said Wednesday during a webinar sponsored by the Institute of Critical Infrastructure Technology.

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