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Making SkyNet: Autonomous Security for DoD Weapons

Hackers go after industry, corporate, and home computers, but these are not the highest value targets. Hackers can also target DoD and weapons systems, which can cause incredible damage. Like all other sectors, the military is faced with a shortage of experts, and needs to be able to defend and respond at machine speeds, not human speeds.
Through DARPA, the DoD has been working on autonomous cyber systems (ACS) to protect their high value assets like weapons. An ACS is like an autonomous car that can react and respond, but in the cyberspace.

ACS’s promise to find new vulnerabilities and fix them before attackers. They also have been tested in an offensive role, which brings up significant policy and ethical considerations. We discuss both technical and policy considerations.

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Takeaways

  1. Autonomous cyber systems are here, and can do both offense and defense.
  2. Autonomous cyber systems are like self driving cars, and can better protect our digital lives.
  3. There are policy and ethical questions we need to address when deploying autonomous attack/defense systems.

Speakers

  • David Brumley, CEO and Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, ForAllSecure

Organizer

David Brumley, CEO, ForAllSecure

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Intelligent Future
  • Level: Intermediate
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