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Here's How Government Thinks Nanotech Will Transform Cyber

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Artist's conception of nano-scale technology.

According to a recently released study, a number of U.S. federal organizations anticipate brain-inspired nanotechnology will help to secure government networks.

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A group of federal organizations, including the U.S. Defense and Energy departments, think brain-inspired nanotechnology could help the government protect its networks.

The technology eventually could help government agencies prevent unauthorized access to networks, pick up on anomalous user behavior, and help with situational awareness, according to a study published in July.

In addition, these nanoscale developments could help organizations monitor energy or weapons systems that require complicated software. Researchers also could use the technology to quickly create personalized treatments for individual patients, build more complex networks, or enable advanced robots to work safely alongside humans.

The report includes timeline benchmarks for nanotechnology development. The organizations expect to achieve autonomous capabilities for routine cyberattacks in the next five years, and the same for sophisticated attacks in the next 10 years.

The groups expect that in the next 15 years, nanotechnology will evolve to the point where it can help agencies respond to sophisticated attacks with compact and energy-efficient computing resources. The goal is to "minimize expert knowledge requirements in materials or device physics" needed to create new brain-inspired computing systems, according to the report.

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