Artificial intelligence (AI) is to be made more secure in the future and also to be used increasingly to ward off cyber attacks. The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) wants to work on this at its new location in Saarbrücken. “We have a very tense cyber security situation,” said BSI President Arne Schönbohm on Monday at the opening.
During the Corona crisis, people worked a lot from home and initially put safety concerns on the back burner. “We said ‘digital first, concerns second’.” Now the question is: How can this be made safer? One danger, for example, is the use of AI in “deep fakes”, in which politicians, among other things, are given explosive statements in manipulated videos. That is “no longer a future scenario”.
With professional know-how and criminal energy, there are opportunities for targeted disinformation: “We stand for the fact that this does not happen. We want to prevent that with all means available to us,” said Schönbohm.
New location of the BSI
Saarland’s Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) was pleased that the BSI with 30 employees was located on the university campus. The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and the Cispa Helmholtz Center for Information Security are already at home in Saarbrücken. The BSI wants to significantly intensify its work on AI together with the research institutions, announced the national cyber security authority.
“I believe that, precisely because of the restrictive experiences of the corona pandemic, the defense of their personal freedoms will be more important than ever to the citizens. And our personal freedoms are being defended more than ever in the networks,” said Hans. The defense against attacks on the net is “nothing more than the defense of the way we live. That is why this settlement is very important.”
Saarbrücken is “an ideal location for close cooperation with our partners in Europe,” said Schönbohm. Close cooperation with the French partner authority ANSSI is quite possible here. ANSSI General Director Guillaume Poupard was “a little jealous” because a close connection between AI and cybersecurity is emerging in Saarbrücken. This is also the goal of a planned “cyber campus” in Paris.