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25 Apr 2018

Human AI Augmentation is the Future of Cyberdefense

Watching the conclusion of the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge at Def Con in 2016 felt like getting a glimpse into the future. At the time, and in subsequent media interviews (New Scientist, Cipher Brief) I noted that I had been caught by surprise and went into the event expecting incremental

25 Apr 2018

Does AI Increase the Risk of Nuclear War?

A new report by the Rand Corporation explores the potential increase for risk of nuclear war resulting from the introduction of AI and other advanced technologies. “Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are enabling previously infeasible capabilities, potentially destabilizing the delicate balances that have forestalled nuclear war since 1945. Will these

23 Apr 2018

Here’s why DHS banned Kaspersky products

DHS reporting submitted by Kaspersky as part of their court case provides some insight into why the U.S. government was warning against the use of Kaspersky products. “Based on publicly available information, Kaspersky-branded antivirus software and other Kaspersky-branded products and solutions that contain antivirus functionality appear to present the general

22 Apr 2018

Artificial Intelligence and Health Care

This study centers on how computer-based decision procedures, under the broad umbrella of artificial intelligence (AI), can assist in improving health and health care. Although advanced statistics and machine learning provide the foundation for AI, there are currently revolutionary advances underway in the sub-field of neural networks. This has created

09 Apr 2018

YouTube and Parkland – Missed Opportunities for Intelligence Fusion

This last week we saw a mass shooting at YouTube headquarters in Mountain View, California, and in February there was a far more horrific mass shooting and mass murder at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The temptation is to focus on the guns, hiring more security or assigning more

27 Mar 2018

The New Red Atlas is You

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union engaged in a detailed clandestine urban mapping project designed to develop detailed cartographic material for major United States cities. These efforts are detailed in the book “The Red Atlas: How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World”. As we’ve clearly entered into Cold

15 Feb 2018

Commanding the Trend: Social Media as Information Warfare

This article demonstrates how social media is a tool for modern information-age warfare. It builds on analysis of three distinct topics: social networking, propaganda, and news and information sharing. Two case studies are used to show how state and non-state actors use social media to employ time-tested propaganda techniques to

20 Jan 2018

What did Cybersecurity and Cyberwar look like in 1999?

Think all these news stories you are reading about cybersecurity, cyberwar, and cyberconflict are breaking new ground? It is worth taking a read through the several hundred entries meticulously compiled in Mich Kabay’s 1999 Infosec Year in Review which I recently found on an old drive while searching for other

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