As AP reported, the National Security Agency (NSA) is launching a specialized center focused on the security of AI. The shift occurs due to the government’s growing use of AI, seen in many added math rules in defense and spy systems. The main aim of the security center will be to protect these systems from theft and disruption, as well as protect the nation from foreign AI-based threats.
The outgoing director, General Paul Nakasone, recently revealed the NSA’s venture into AI security. He stated that the new division will operate within the framework of the current Cybersecurity Collaboration Center. This team partners with firms and foreign friends to protect the USA from online attacks by countries like China, Russia, and others that do bad computer stuff.
For example, the CIA issued a warning this week. It said that Chinese hackers are targeting government, industrial, and telecom firms using corrupted router firmware. People are worried about messing with the election. But Nakasone didn’t see proof of Russia or China trying to mess with the 2024 US President pick. Still, this has been a problem, and it’s worse now with AI stuff like the CIA’s new chatbot.
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AI Security: The NSA’s Mission Impossible
As AI gets riskier, the US government relies on its new security unit. The NSA’s choice to make this unit comes after a study showed that insecure AI is a big national security issue. This got worse with generative AI tech, which can be good or bad.
Nakasone sees this unit as the main place for the NSA to use foreign info and make rules and ways to stay safe with AI. They will also help AI grow safely in our security and defense. They will work closely with business leaders, labs, schools, friends from other countries, and the Defense Department.
Nakasone is leaving the NSA and US Cyber Command. His current deputy, Air Force Lieutenant General Timothy Haugh, will take his place. He’s been in his job since 2018 and has done really well.