The U.S. government is planning to build a cyberecosystem that would prompt computers around the world to instantly suppress cyberattacks.
The ecosystem would take collective action to galvanize cooperation among networks, external devices, and consumers, according to the Obama administration. "Computer systems, devices, applications, and users will automatically work together in near real-time to anticipate and prevent cyberattacks, automatically respond to attacks while continuing normal operations, evolve to address new threats, limit the spread of attacks across participating devices," and share timely security information, says a government research solicitation.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are currently seeking public input on the potential benefits and challenges of the plan. "This information will help DHS and NIST develop future cyberecosystem security capabilities and an implementation strategy that will strengthen the security of critical infrastructures, federal information systems, and the private sector," the solicitation says. However, the cyberecosystem would require worldwide acceptance from industry, governments, universities, and consumers, according to officials. The solicitation also aims to determine if the field of artificial intelligence can support the concept of the cyberecosystem.
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