Robert Bigman, Former CISO at the Central Intelligence Agency and founder of 2BSecure, discusses using Artificial Intelligence to detect malware and defend networks, and how the idea is making its way into the federal government.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has contracted with BAE Systems to develop a large-scale Artificial Intelligence program that can help defend government networks. While the specifics of the “Cyber Hunting at Scale” contract are unknown, Robert Bigman, Former CISO at the Central Intelligence Agency and founder of 2BSecure, says that the effort brings DARPA in line with trends happening in the private sector. “What this does is recognize something that’s already been going on in private industry that I’ve seen for at least three years. They’re taking great advantage of using privately developed artificial intelligence to help them in malware detection and authorized access,” Bigman told Government Matters. Bigman says that while cybersecurity focused AI have helped private sector firms with detecting malware and attacks, they do require some maintenance. “You never have to turn them off, but some of the private companies are finding that you have to care for them. Some of the cyber companies that I’ve talked to actually tell me that the machine learning algorithms will go so far and come back and ask for human input,” said Bigman. “They have self‑correcting… If you don’t come back and talk to them, the algorithms get a little alarmed and think they’ve gone too far.”