U.S. federal government

Fear Factor: AI for Cybersecurity?

We asked federal IT managers how they felt about using AI technology to boost their agencies’ cybersecurity. And while the Federal AI IQ Test results revealed that the vast majority agreed that cybersecurity presents the biggest opportunity for AI in the federal government, only 20% of them are “very comfortable” implementing it today.

So what will it take for you to feel comfortable? Well, you can’t just sprinkle AI on everything. There needs to be policy and process in place first. If your agency doesn’t have this in place, be an advocate for it. Equip your people to really understand and to take that journey in cybersecurity.

You should also evaluate your agency’s potential for implementing AI. Take a maturity model perspective. Are you at a lower level of cyber maturity and need to progress before implementing AI or do you already know your use cases? It’s not about a letter grade–it’s a guideline.

You should also request a meeting of the minds on AI at your agency. Don’t wait—talk about it. Form a work group, form a committee, start to formulate your strategy.

In the next couple of years, there just aren’t going to be enough qualified cybersecurity professionals to meet the federal government’s demand. So, augmenting your cyber force with AI is the next logical step. You want to be on the cutting edge and figure out how to implement it to support your mission. For more, read the Federal AI IQ Test. To learn about our federal cybersecurity work—including cognitive security—visit us at https://www.ibm.com/industries/federal/cyber-security

Executive Security Advisor, IBM US Federal

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