Kasparov Urges DEFCON Participants to Use AI More and Kaspersky Security Software Less
Between July 27 and July 30, the annual DEFCON Hacker Conference celebrated its 25th anniversary in Las Vegas.
DEFCON began in 1992, when Platinum Net, a Fido protocol-based hacking network, held a party in Las Vegas for members of Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) and their users. The party was organized by Jeff Moss, an American hacker, computer and Internet security expert.
Since then, the DEFCON community has grown to more than 20,000 attendees. The talks and skills of the presenters have grown over the years along with technology.
Featured Speaker Garry Kasparov Says AI’s Power Should Be Harnessed for Cybersecurity
Garry Kasparov, a chess Grand Master who was beaten at his own game by IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer, spoke on the first day. He called for using artificial intelligence (AI) for cyber security. Kasparov’s new book, “Deep Thinking,” forecasts a bright future once we use the full power of computing and AI.
Kasparov acknowledged that machines and computers likely will eliminate some jobs in the future. However, technology also will create new jobs for people with an understanding of how to harness and expand AI.
He also called for banning Kaspersky Internet security software from U.S. government offices. Kasparov wants the new administration to ban the software because he believes Eugene Kaspersky is connected to Russian intelligence, a statement backed up by U.S. intelligence services and news reports.
Safe-Cracking Robots Discover Combinations in Less than One Hour
DEFCON also featured a 45-minute demonstration of how a robot could open a security container or safe. It was so successful that the exhibition ended early. The robot opened the secure container in about 30 minutes.
Originally, it took the robot three hours to break into the safe. But through applied mathematics, the robot’s creators, first-time DEFCON participants, solved the combination manipulation process. The demonstration also made the federal employees in the audience worry if government security systems could be defeated in such a short time.
25 Years of Continued Education
I’ve attended DEFCON since 2005 and I’ve found each year’s gathering was a learning event. Attendees return home smarter employees.
DEFCON is where you can see new threats to security and solutions to some security issues. The admission price is low, the networking is impressive and learning happens every year.
About the Author
James R. Lint recently retired as the (GG-15) civilian director for intelligence and security, G2, U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command. He is an adjunct professor at AMU. James has been involved in cyberespionage events from just after the turn of the century in Korea supporting 1st Signal Brigade to the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis as the first government cyber intelligence analyst. He has 38 years of experience in military intelligence with the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, government contracting and civil service.
Additionally, James started the Lint Center for National Security Studies, a nonprofit charity that recently awarded its 45th scholarship for national security students and professionals. James was also elected as the 2015 national vice president for the Military Intelligence Corps Association. He has also served in the Department of Energy’s S&S Security Office after his active military career in the Marine Corps for seven years and 14 years in the Army. His military assignments include South Korea, Germany and Cuba, in addition to numerous CONUS locations. In 2017, he was appointed to the position of Adjutant for The American Legion, China Post 1. James has authored a book published in 2013, “Leadership and Management Lessons Learned,” a book published in 2016 “8 Eyes on Korea, A Travel Perspective of Seoul, Korea,” and a new book in 2017 “Secrets to Getting a Federal Government Job.”