Defense

DISA looks to pilot AI platform, DevSecOps model by summer

software (whiteMocca/Shutterstock.com) 

The Defense Information Systems Agency is building an artificial intelligence platform as a service to facilitate clearance applications being checked and verified against multiple data sources. DISA plans a pilot by June.

Terry Carpenter, DISA's program executive officer for the National Background Investigation Service, told FCW Jan. 24 that the agency is actively looking for algorithms and data sources to improve the NBIS and plans to use it to help improve DISA's own product, which currently can handle only simple algorithms.

"If the system sees an anomaly, it flags it and sends it up for a human review," he said. "We can add artificial intelligence and machine learning to say not only is this an anomaly but here's a risk assessment of the anomaly, the data used to come up with that and the mitigation recommended."

DISA also has been working to aggregate and funnel the data sources to be used for background investigations. "We're bringing them into one security enterprise architecture data broker function that is going to supply data to the whole system," Carpenter said.

Additionally, the agency is working on a DevSecOps model for NBIS that is expected to launch this summer.

The main challenge in getting the DevSecOps model to work, Carpenter said, has been the way the NBIS program was structured with different pieces built by different partners, spread out across multiple clouds with their own tools and processes and the rest in the data center.

"We're still releasing in a rapid fashion, I would say we're close to a devops model but we're not fully there because we have so many clouds now and different tool sets," Carpenter said.

About the Author

Lauren C. Williams is a staff writer at FCW covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at lwilliams@fcw.com, or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

Click here for previous articles by Wiliams.


Featured

  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.