The CIA has teamed up with the University of Florida to examine the potential of artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to prevent malicious attempts to access a network.
Researchers at the university-affiliated Florida Institute for National Security will carry out the cybersecurity study under an agreement with the agency, UF said Tuesday.
Dubbed as first of a kind, the collaboration will use a reinforcement learning approach — or trial and error — to initially test AI/ML applications on a simple security challenge and subsequently consider the possibility of scaling up such technology.
It marks the latest effort in the university’s $100 million AI initiative to incorporate the technology into education, research and industry partnerships.
UF said its supercomputing machine, called HiPerGator, supports work at the national security-focused institute.