The Defence Science and Technology Lab (DSTL) is partnering with the Alan Turing Institute to explore using machine learning to fill in the gaps of cyber security.
DSTL has said that the joint project plans to assess whether machine learning can help identify code vulnerabilities and aims to come up with practical solutions that can give protection against hackers.
The agency participated in a Data Study Group, a regular series of events organised by the Alan Turing Institute in which scientists work on real-world data science challenges. According to Alan Turing Institute, the partnership will initially create intelligent data systems, work on securing cyber-space and improve data privacy and trust, among other areas of interest.
DSTL will provide the technical support for the group, which featured close to 70 data science researchers from various UK universities with expertise ranging from machine learning, computer science and deep learning. According to DSTL, the results of the project are expected to be used in real world situations and also to assess where more work needs to be done with the Alan Turing Institute.
Glen Hart, Technical Lead at DSTL, said: “This was, in effect, a data-centric hackathon where the brightest minds tackled some of the biggest data issues for defence today. It’s fantastic to be partnering with the Institute and fascinating to see how different approaches can help defence, security and beyond.”
The partnership also plans to collaborate with Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) on various defence challenges that exploit the power of data science. Additionally, the collaboration is working on new data science methodologies and techniques, and in the direct application of data science.
According to Alan Turing Institute, the partnership will initially create intelligent data systems, work on securing cyber-space and improve data privacy and trust, among other areas of interest.
Alan Turing Institute Defence and Security strategic programme director Mark Briers said: “The Alan Turing Institute will be collaborating with our defence and security partners to deliver an ambitious programme of research.
“The programme will solve challenges from social data science, cyber security and urban analytics, and will be underpinned by theoretical and methodological enhancements from across the data science technical spectrum.”