Is AI For, or Against, Cybersecurity?

– With the rapid proliferation of so-called AI (artificial intelligence) systems (many of which are really just rebranded expert systems), we cybersecurity professionals are confronted with two critical issues, namely: Can AI methods be used to improve the protection of our data, systems, and…

Cybersecurity and Safety of AI and Robots

– The article in The New Yorker of May 14, 2018 by Tad Friend with the title “Superior Intelligence: Do the perils of A.I. exceed its promise?” describes two schools of thought with respect to concerns that researchers have about both ANI (artificial narrow intelligence) and AGI (artificial…

Securing the Critical Infrastructure—Two Lost Decades

– On May 22, 2018, it will have been 20 years to the day since President Bill Clinton issued PDD 63 (Presidential Decision Directive No. 63: Protecting America’s Critical Infrastructure). The PDD laid out a plan to protect critical sectors of the economy, such as telecommunications, energy,…

Oh, BTW, The Russians Cyberattacked the U.S. Critical Infrastructure

– While we have been distracted by the dalliances of an errant president, the exfiltration from Facebook of personal information belonging to a gazillion users, and the use of those data to influence elections, the U.S. encountered an existential threat, which was given relatively short shrift by…

Cybersecurity Fails … Government Not Keeping Up

– I was reading Andrew Ross Sorkin’s article “Flying Taxis, New Exciting Stealth Mode” on the front page of Business Day in the March 13, 2018 New York Times (more about that later) when I noticed (in the adjacent column … an advantage of reading the paper version) an article by Ben…