Academic researchers are developing projects to apply AI to detect and stop cyberattacks and keep critical infrastructure secure, thanks to grants from C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute.
New ransomware variants and deceptive techniques such as living off the land and store now, decrypt later are sidestepping heuristic analysis and signature-based malware detection. Behavior-based tools can compare network activity against an established norm and flag when they detect unusual and suspicious actions and patterns. Powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning, such tools represent hope in a post-Colonial Pipeline world.
C3 AI, a company specializing in applying artificial intelligence (AI) to facilitate enterprise-level digital transformation, recently awarded 24 grants under its Digital Transformation Institute (DTI) initiative. This year, DTI awarded grants to candidates who submitted proposals about applying AI to detect and stop cyberattacks and keep critical infrastructure secure. This work is timely, especially since several U.S. government agencies recently released a joint warning against malware distributed by foreign adversaries with the sole purpose of disabling essential services.