It will soon become essential to incorporate both autonomy and counter-autonomy in cybersecurity team training and systems design, and to make them independently testable by outside “sparring partners.”” — Chris Meissner, Linton WellsIn a recent piece for Defense One, Avascent Senior Associate Chris Meissner and Avascent Global Advisor Dr. Linton Wells analyzed the future of cyber warfare. They noted that while armed drones get the headlines now, in the future autonomous technology like artificial intelligence and machine-learning systems that select and attack targets autonomously will achieve far more powerful strategic results. Meissner and Wells discuss recent publications from the Defense Science Board, DARPA, and discussions with recent Cyber Grand Challenge competitors to note that the concept of “counter autonomy” is becoming more important in cybersecurity, where AI and machine-learning can help select a target autonomously but the target machine also can learn from the attack mounted against it, and design its response accordingly. The piece highlighted that it will soon become essential to incorporate both autonomy and counter-autonomy in cybersecurity team training and systems design, and to make them independently testable, concluding that the benefits for the future would be enormous.
Chris and Linton also discuss the future of autonomy in cybersecurity in the most recent Avascent on the Record podcast. Listen and subscribe here.