US government unveils first AI roadmap for cybersecurity


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has unveiled its first roadmap for artificial intelligence (AI).

The initiative aligns with President Biden’s recent executive order, which directed DHS to globally promote AI security standards, protect U.S. networks and critical infrastructure, and combat militarization potential of AI.

The roadmap includes five strategic lines of effort aimed at driving concrete initiatives and articulating CISA’s responsible approach to AI in cybersecurity.

“DHS plays a leadership role in promoting the responsible use of AI and this cybersecurity roadmap is an important part of our work,” commented Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas.

“CISA’s roadmap outlines steps the agency will take as part of our Department’s broader efforts to leverage AI and mitigate its risks to our critical infrastructure and cyber defenses. »

The areas of effort described in the roadmap include:

  • Using AI Responsibly to Support CISA’s Mission

  • Evaluate and assure AI systems

  • Protecting critical infrastructure from malicious use of AI

  • Collaborate and communicate on key AI efforts

  • Expand AI expertise among staff

The roadmap emphasizes the responsible, ethical and safe use of AI, in compliance with constitutional principles and relevant laws and policies.

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“Artificial intelligence holds tremendous promise for improving our nation’s cybersecurity, but as the most powerful technology of our lifetimes, it also presents enormous risks,” said CISA Director Jen Easterly.

“Our AI Roadmap, focused on the nexus between AI, cyber defense and critical infrastructure, outlines an agency-wide plan to promote beneficial uses of AI to improve cybersecurity capabilities. »

In an effort to advance the Administration’s goal of ensuring safe and secure AI, CISA invited stakeholders, partners, and the public to explore the “Roadmap for artificial intelligence» and understand the agency’s strategic vision for AI technology and cybersecurity.

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