Technological advancements have always resulted in waves of transformations in every sector of society and life. National security is one of the more crucial areas also affected by technological innovations. So what do innovative technologies mean for the future of National Security?
We consulted with the experts, who explain how technology impacts National Security and what the future of National Security looks like as a result.
Encrypted Communication Networks
Dealing with terrorism on new platforms is complicated because of the tensions between privacy and security, a topic that has to be discussed further in the United States. Encrypted communication networks have billions of users, including a considerable number of terrorists and criminals. While encrypted communication tools are ideal for human rights campaigners or those working in oppressive regimes, anonymity comes at a price.
Gerrid Smith, Chief Marketing Officer at Joy Organics
Applications to Search Online Data to Identify Various Patterns
Startup Plasticity is a specialized AI/NLP that is designed for the defense and intelligence community and for other applications that need to read and search enormous amounts of data. Plasticity’s ability to read language at 6,000 sentences per second helps the DoD and other agencies crawl information and identify various patterns that support the work of our national security professionals.
Plasticity was able to identify over 29 false YouTube accounts designed by Russian bad actors to present misinformation prior to the 2020 Presidential Election. Outside of national security, Plasticity was applied to over 1 million documents; to analyze text logs in Armed Forces’ records to turnaround maintenance cycles and identify consistent problems and patterns. Using Plasticity, we can set it in place in social media, to look for threatening language or for people who are using the web to create misinformation, radicalized environments, or various illegal activities. AI/NLP is an essential tool for our IC teams because the threat landscape keeps growing exponentially and Plasticity never sleeps.
Dan Naselius is the President and CTO of Plasticity and CORAS, a FedRAMP High Multi-Dimensional Enterprise Decision Management Platform.
Rebecca Churchill, President Churchill Communications & Marketing, LLC
Digital Tools For Misinformation and Political Sway
Artificial intelligence, autonomy, and unmanned systems, digital infrastructure, networking, and social media, and disinformation are all transforming the national security scene at a rapid pace. Nation-states now have new tools for political sway, as well as new weaknesses to attack.
IT Assists in Identifying Potential Risks
Information technology plays an important role in national security and will continue to do so in the face of future threats and cyber-attacks. Information technology, in particular, can assist countries in identifying possible risks, sharing information easily, and implementing protective systems.
Katie Hodge, Content Director at the Generator Magazine
Rise In Ransomware Attacks
Technology is certainly having an effect on national security, and there are a number of reasons why. First, the rise of ransomware attacks has led companies to explore their security efforts and make broader conclusions regarding the safety of their customers. Just a couple of months ago virtually the entire SouthEast was hit with a gas shortage caused by a ransomware attack on a private company.
Cloud-Based Solutions Can Provide More Security Protection
Second, cloud-based solutions need more security protection than they’re currently getting. Cloud-based attacks are becoming more common among internet users and tech giants like Google and Amazon need to do better in order to protect the privacy of their users. After working in cybersecurity for well over a decade, these are the necessary issues that need to be tackled now in order to protect the population.
Bill Mann, Privacy Expert at Restore Privacy
Tools For Monitoring For Security Purposes
The latest advances in technology continue to put new ways for the United States to keep the country safe. The most significant change occurring is that intelligence agencies are starting to be better compensated for their work with computers and data, making them more transparent than ever before.
Companies are using the same tools to monitor you for security purposes. For example, Google has built an algorithm that scans its users’ data to determine their interest in a specific topic or subject. If the user is inclined towards this kind of interest, their profile becomes much more prominent in Google searches for this topic. This is a potent security tool that everyone uses without even being aware of it.
Google will even autoplay the topic videos for you on Youtube, and if you like them, it will connect you with more of similar nature. As you can see, the power of technology monitored by intelligent computers is practically limitless.
Katherine Brown, the Founder & Marketing Director Spyic
Tech Can Hamper And Help National Security
National security will always be one of the most important goals of the American government. And it’s always evolving. Technology, too, is always evolving. The two are actually linked in some deep and serious ways. Technology is influencing national security in many, vast ways. It’s not just that there are now more cameras and facial recognition tech throughout the world. Technology also gives attackers more ways to get paid too. The invention and rise of cryptocurrency have proven too tantalizing for hackers, who are now asking to be paid with that form of digital money. That just didn’t happen even a few years ago. But for all the problems that technology has created for national security, it has created solutions too.
Eric Florence, Cybersecurity Analyst SecurityTech
Technology Will Result in Both Positive and Negative Impacts In National Security
Technology is rapidly changing the national security sector in both positive and negative ways, with security becoming increasingly important as more global conflict is moved online. An optimistic view of the future envisions that international conflict will better discriminate between civilians and combatants using, for example, facial recognition technology.
On the negative side, the costs and harms of cyber conflict are still very much present, and we need to rapidly increase our attention to cybersecurity to mitigate these. Though we may experience less armed conflict, it is no less imperative that national security professionals focus on staying as many steps ahead of aggressors as possible, as cybercrime endangers our national interests. Only by focusing on and expanding defensive capabilities of technology, such as artificial intelligence, can we hope to do that.Matt Donahue, Compliance and Risk Analyst at Sentient Digital, Inc.