The GTech Forum Report: Cyber Security Paychecks, White Hat Hacking and Artificial Intelligence for Everyone

February 15, 2017 by The GTech Marketing Team

The post inauguration headlines in the media reflect the new administration's acute awareness of cyber security's importance, as well as, its desire to keep its user-facing technologies relevant.

Securing Cyberspace

The National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) replaced the Federal Investigative Services department in October of 2016 but has yet to make a full transition. Officials from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Defense (DOD) answered questions from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at a hearing on Feb. 2.  The NBIB's network system is being overhauled to "block and contain and then eradicate malware." Other security measures have been upgraded and data is in the process of being segregated and encrypted. However, security clearances are taking longer to process due to the time-consuming nature of data analysis. Both the officials and the committee agreed that more talent is needed in the division and that pay is too low to attract needed employees.

Ethical Hacking

The skills and abilities of forensic cyber teams were called into question soon after the 2016 election. Timothy Summers of the University of Maryland outlines the procedures and skills used by white hat, or ethical, hackers when they respond to a breached network. His piece reveals the importance of teamwork and the different types of clues left behind by a government-sponsored attack versus a small group or single individual hacker penetration. He lays out the evidence that indicates Russia was behind the election hack. The digital footprints left behind indicated a prolonged, systematic, multi-media platform breach.

Digital Assistants for All?

The Federal Times reports that 85% of the 500 Washington D.C. residents polled responded favorably to the idea of a government backed digital assistant platform. The digital assistant would be available 24/7, which appealed to Baby Boomers. Users would access federal agencies in much the same way that they use Siri or Alexa to access news information or find answers to trivia questions. Millennials who approved of the service cited its ability to personalize services based on its artificial intelligence capabilities.