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Artificial Intelligence: an opportunity for cyber-crisis management in the EU

On 3 and 4 June 2019, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity, ENISA organised a conference in Athens, which focused on the future of the EU cyber-crisis management. The advantages and challenges were identified, particularly where the use of artificial intelligence is concerned.

Published on June 04, 2019

The aims of the conference were twofold, firstly, it provided  a discussion forum for EU Organisations and Bodies which are the main stakeholders of the Blueprint proposal for a cyber crisis cooperation framework. Secondly, on day 2, experts on artificial intelligence from the private sector and academia discussed the uses and applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in the context of cyber-crisis cooperation, such as how AI can support the response to large-scale cross-border cybersecurity incidents at the strategic and political levels.

ENISA presented its work in a variety of sectors, including tools and opportunities that can support the work of the private sector and academia. One of these is the OpenCSAM, a tool being developed to support the blueprint, which facilitates the production of cybersecurity situation awareness reports. Researchers and players active in the domain discussed how to enhance the tool, for example by improving the natural language processing, feature extraction, summarisation, data scrapping, and training datasets.

ENISA Head of Core Operations Department, Steve Purser said: "ENISA recognises the enormous potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve many aspects of our everyday lives. At the same time, we see the need to develop an appropriate security framework for the different components that make up AI and to ensure that we secure the technologies themselves before we use AI to secure other things."

Background information
The EU cyber-crisis management blueprint is a comprehensive collaboration mechanism that integrates the cyber element into the EU crisis management processes. The blueprint extends from the political to the technical level and includes EU bodies & institutions and the EU Member States through the NIS Cooperation Group and the CSIRTs network.

 

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