International Security in Cyberspace: New Models for Reducing Risk

DSA ADS Course - 2021

Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Security, Data Security

International Security in Cyberspace: New Models for Reducing Risk

The breadth and severity of the cybersecurity threats are great, and increasing. 

In this ever more Internet-connected age, it is no surprise that cyber threats continue to increase. The more indispensable such connectivity is for commerce, communications, and innumerable aspects of daily life, the more that malicious actors see opportunities to steal (or hold hostage) the information lifeblood of our contemporary economy, or otherwise to profit malevolently from modern dependencies. But the problem goes beyond the "ordinary" criminality of fraud and theft, and even the "traditional" cyber espionage undertaken by states. 

No comfortable historical reference captures the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on national security. AI is not a single technology breakthrough, like a bat-wing stealth bomber. The race for AI supremacy is not like the space race to the moon. AI is not even comparable to a general-purpose technology like electricity. However, what Thomas Edison said of electricity encapsulates the AI future: “It is a field of fields … it holds the secrets which will reorganize the life of the world.” Edison’s astounding assessment came from humility. All that he discovered was “very little in comparison with the possibilities that appear.”

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