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CIA, University of Florida Partner to Study AI Applications in Cybersecurity

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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.

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