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The AI+Cloud+Cybersecurity Government Platform of the Future?


September 28, 2017

Technology platforms were on the minds of panelists at the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Technology Innovations Committee meeting yesterday, held at the Embassy of Canada. Juliane Gallina of IBM, Ashish Jaiman of Microsoft, and Carol Brock of OpenText answered questions from Darren Feeley of GeoPay and attendees. Although the context of the meeting was general, there were some interesting government implications:

  • Rise of artificial intelligence for smart public safety raises privacy concerns, particularly when systems are breached
  • Conversely, AI provides governments with cybersecurity tools that can learn about malware and hacker patterns
  • Cybersecurity breaches are more likely in on-premises data centres than in commercial public cloud services, despite the impression that press coverage gets
  • Humans are the biggest cybersecurity vulnerability
  • It is too early to think about AI as a general capability, this technology provides significant benefits with narrow applications
  • Open source software is integral to any broad technology platform to be used in government


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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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