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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Applied to Cybersecurity: New IEEE Trend Paper Based on RC-Sponsored Confluence Summit

Cybersecurity is a critical issue in information technology throughout the world. IEEE has identified Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) as key technologies that will impact cybersecurity in both positive and negative ways. The IEEE Rebooting Computing Initiative, together with the IEEE Industry Engagement Committee, sponsored a Confluence Summit last October in Philadelphia, and 19 distinguished experts were charged with developing a Trend Paper on this topic. The Trend Paper has just been issued, and is available online here. Comments on the report are welcome.

The co-chairs of this Confluence Summit and Report were Dejan Milojicic and Barry Shoop. Dr Milojicic is a Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs, past president of the IEEE Computer Society, and chair of the IEEE Industry Engagement Committee. Dr. Shoop is a professor and head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and served as 2016 IEEE president.

In addition to addressing issues in Hardware, Software, and Data, the report also discusses legal issues, human factors, and implementation, in the context of industry, academia, government, standards bodies, and the general public. Key recommendations include the following:

  • The future needs of cybersecurity will require advances in technology, legal and human factors, and mathematically verified trust.
  • Coordinated business efforts will be required to establish market-accepted products, certified by established regulatory authorities
  • AI/ML-fueled cybersecurity must be based on standardized and audited operations.
  • Regulators will need to protect research and operations and establish internationally recognized cooperative organizations.
  • Data, models, and fault warehouses will be essential for tracking progress and documenting threats, defenses, and solutions.

A brief video of Dr. Milojicic discussing the Confluence Summit is also available here. IEEE Spectrum also has an article featuring this Trend Paper here.

Technology Spotlight

Technology Spotlight

Thomas Sterling on the Current State of High-Performance Computing

Prof. Thomas Sterling of Indiana University is the Chief Scientist and Associate Director of the Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST), and a longtime authority in high-performance computing. Dr. Sterling was interviewed in March 2018 at the Supercomputing Frontiers Europe Conference in Poland, where he was a keynote speaker.

In the interview, Dr. Sterling discusses the US National Strategic Computing Initiative, development of Exascale Computing in various countries, a new class of intelligent computing, and limitations of classic von Neumann architectures. The interview with Dr. Sterling is available here.