Knowledge in the grey zone: AI and cybersecurity

Stevens, T. (2020) Knowledge in the grey zone: AI and cybersecurity. Digital War 1(1): 164-170.

16 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2022

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

Cybersecurity protects citizens and society from harm perpetrated through computer networks. Its task is made ever more complex by the diversity of actors – criminals, spies, militaries, hacktivists, firms – operating in global information networks, so that cybersecurity is intimately entangled with the so-called ‘grey zone’ of conflict between war and peace in the early 21st century. To counter cyber threats from this environment, cybersecurity is turning to artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI) to mitigate anomalous behaviours in cyberspace. This article argues that AI algorithms create new modes and sites of cybersecurity knowledge production through hybrid assemblages of humans and nonhumans. It concludes by looking beyond ‘everyday’ cybersecurity to military and intelligence use of AI and asks what is at stake in the automation of cybersecurity.

Keywords: algorithms, artificial intelligence, automation, cybersecurity, grey zone, knowledge

Suggested Citation

Stevens, Tim, Knowledge in the grey zone: AI and cybersecurity (2020). Stevens, T. (2020) Knowledge in the grey zone: AI and cybersecurity. Digital War 1(1): 164-170., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4031502

Tim Stevens (Contact Author)

King's College London ( email )

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London, WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/dr-tim-stevens

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