The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to sniff out bogus websites that are trying to interact with the agency and its networks, a senior IT leader at the agency said on Oct. 29.

Speaking at the Future of Work Government Summit, SBA Deputy CIO Guy Cavallo spoke about the cloud-forward agency’s use of cybersecurity data and what he called “the power of the cloud.”

“We take all the data that we get, and then throw it in the cloud,” he said, where AI programs help to figure out when and how adversaries are attempting to attack agency assets. Before the agency used that tactic, Cavallo said, it was reporting approximately ten bad websites a year to Federal authorities. But since then, “we bring down 200 bogus websites a month,” he said.

“It is absolutely transformational for our cybersecurity program,” he said.

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