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AI: 'A Helping Hand from Our Robot Overlords'

Arizona Chief Information Security Officer Ryan Murray sees two significant opportunities for artificial intelligence in cybersecurity.

Arizona Chief Information Security Officer Ryan Murray
Government Technology/David Kidd
MINNEAPOLIS — Continuous threat monitoring has become a task too great for the humans staffing state cybersecurity operations organizations to handle on their own. In recent years, CISOs across government have turned to automated tools to more efficiently analyze the barrage of intrusion attempts directed at their systems. At the annual NASCIO conference, which kicked off today in Minneapolis, Arizona CISO Ryan Murray talked about the merits of using AI for monitoring purposes.

"We're so inundated with so much data on all of the crazy things we're getting attacked with," Murray said. "And there's no way that we can use our limited state resources, analysts, to dig through all of that stuff."

Another priority for Murray when it comes to AI is to ensure that sensitive citizen data is protected. Seeing potential for the technology to help solve business problems, he cautions that guardrails need to be in place so that resident information isn't fed into systems that could put it at risk.

Noelle Knell is the executive editor for e.Republic, responsible for setting the overall direction for e.Republic’s editorial platforms, including Government Technology, Governing, Industry Insider, Emergency Management and the Center for Digital Education. She has been with e.Republic since 2011, and has decades of writing, editing and leadership experience. A California native, Noelle has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history.
Lauren Kinkade is the managing editor for Government Technology magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and more than 15 years’ experience in book and magazine publishing.