Symantec’s Chris Townsend: Federal Gov’t Needs AI, Machine Learning to Stay Head of Cyber Threats

Chris Townsend, vice president of federal at Symantec, has said federal agencies should adopt machine learning, artificial intelligence, automation technologies and other novel platforms to protect networks from evolving cyber threats.

Townsend wrote in an article published Monday on FedTech Magazine that such technologies could help address some visibility gaps associated with overly complicated platforms.

He noted that AI could help agencies discover new cyber threats by finding and tracking data for patterns that escape detection by human analysts.

Another tool he believes could help the federal government assess threats is the learning-based log processing technology.

“This is a multilayered approach to threat assessment, based on a file’s static attributes, dynamic behaviors and its relationships with other files,” he said of learning-based log processing.

Check Also


Smartsheet Collaboration Platform Gets DISA Provisional Authorization at Impact Level 4

The Defense Information Systems Agency has granted Smartsheet provisional authorization for the company's collaborative work management platform to support at impact level 4 data in a cloud computing environment.

stock trading

Report: Public Exchange Sets $7.25 as Palantir Reference Price via Direct Listing

Denver-based software company Palantir Technologies is scheduled to debut Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange through direct listing and NSYE said the company’s listing will have a reference price of $7.25 a share, CNBC reported Tuesday.

John Mengucci CEO CACI International

CACI Gets $59M Task Order to Continue DoD Financial System Support; John Mengucci Quoted

CACI International will continue to help the Department of Defense's comptroller office manage, secure and maintain financial systems under a potential $59M task order. “CACI looks forward to providing DoD budget expertise and technology to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense with comprehensive support in modernizing and maintaining our customer’s critical mission systems," said John Mengucci, president and CEO of CACI and a 2020 Wash 100 awardee.