Understanding how to defend against it will be crucial. Generative AI has the potential to make hackers more skilled and raise the bar for US defenses.
Generative artificial intelligence (AI) could make hackers more sophisticated and raise the bar for US safeguards, according to the Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner. Generative AI, which can carry human-like conversations and craft content with little prompting, has serious security implications, and those who can best understand how to protect against it will have the high ground. OpenAI’s ChatGPT has popularized generative AI in recent months and accrued over 1 million users within a week of its launch. Generative AI is not expected to be a significant tool for high-end adversaries, but will help other individuals reach that level more quickly. Mastery of AI is seen as key to enduring international competitiveness in defense, finance and other sectors.