U.S. Air Force Second Lt. Charles Keller and Airman First Class Tyler Haselden, Pilot Training Next students, train on a virtual reality flight simulator at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Austin, Texas, June 21, 2018. The six-month program leans on a variety of technologies, to include virtual and augmented reality, advanced biometrics, artificial intelligence and data analytics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sean M. Worrell)

DISA Is Looking to Buy AI-Powered Cyber Defenses

The Pentagon is looking to bring in machine-learning tools to monitor its networks for suspicious activity and act as the first line of defense during cyberattacks.

Last week, the Defense Information Systems Agency started seeking out commercial cybersecurity tools that could detect and respond to incidents across the agency’s numerous networks without direct input from humans. By using automation and machine learning to defend against common attacks, the system would allow the Pentagon’s cyber personnel to focus on more pressing threats.

“DISA desires to leverage commercially available technology to strengthen its ability to detect and thwart cyber-attacks in real-time before those attacks can do the intended damage to the [Defense Department] systems DISA protects,” officials said in the solicitation.

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