China vs. the machine (learning)

In the ongoing war against economic espionage – especially by China – the good news for the American private sector is that machine learning (ML) and behavioral analytics, are offering some promise of detecting hackers before they start exfiltrating trade secrets and intellectual property (IP). The not so good news is that those businesses are not going to be getting much help from the government. That, say most experts, is the reality, even after last September’s agreement between the U.S. and China that neither country would, “conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential business information, with the intent of providing competitive advantages to companies or commercial sectors.” Even mainstream media organizations are reporting that the agreement has had little effect. The CBS…


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