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NSA Launches AI Security Centre Amid Rising Cyber Threats

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

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The National Security Agency (NSA) is upping its cybersecurity game with the launch of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) security centre.

This move is a direct response to the escalating cyber threats from adversaries, particularly China and Russia. The centre will be a part of the NSA's Cybersecurity Collaboration Centre, a platform for collaboration with private industry and international partners.

Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, the outgoing director of the NSA, made the announcement. He stressed that the current AI advantage held by the U.S. should not be underestimated. "We maintain an advantage in AI in the United States today. That AI advantage should not be taken for granted," Nakasone said, highlighting the threat from Beijing.

China has been ramping up cyber operations targeting U.S. and allied institutions, which may include malware designed to disrupt military communications. In response, the U.S. and Japan issued an alert about Chinese hackers targeting entities that support their militaries.

While AI will play a significant role in analysing threat vectors and red-flag alerts, Nakasone emphasised that decisions would still be made by humans. "AI helps us, But our decisions are made by humans. And that's an important distinction," he said.

The establishment of the AI security centre follows an NSA study that identified the protection of AI models from theft and sabotage as a significant national security challenge. The centre will serve as the NSA's focal point for leveraging foreign intelligence insights and promoting the secure development and adoption of AI within national security systems and the defence industrial base.

The NSA's new AI security centre will work closely with U.S. industry, national labs, academia, the Department of Defense, and international partners. It's a bold move in the right direction, showing that the U.S. is ready to buckle up and face the future of cybersecurity head-on.

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