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NIST Provides Roadmap for AI Agency Adoption

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September 30, 2019  |  Cyber Security  •  IT Modernization  •  Networking


Federal agencies are looking to artificial intelligence (AI) as a path toward bolstering everything from data processing and cyber security to automation and networking. But like many technologies, AI raises some questions about best practices and implementation.

In response to this need for a more defined, codified approach to AI-adoption, the National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) released its Artificial Intelligence Roadmap. The NIST AI Roadmap outlines the technical and ethical standards government agencies must keep in mind in their technology-adoption journey.

Federal agencies should prioritize some key components of AI-usage, primarily in response to transparency, accessibility and relevancy.

Be Prepared for Surprises

Just because a roadmap exists doesn’t mean there won’t be surprises along the way. Where the public sector currently stands, there isn’t a fool-proof and standardized path to AI-integration. This is because the system is overwhelmed with unique demands, processes and data built to service the needs of the government personnel and citizens it will directly support. Beyond that, there are potential applications of AI that we have yet to consider or discover.

So, prioritize integrated solutions that work for the agency and it’s needs, not just for the government overall.

Experimentation is Key to Utilization

The NIST roadmap emphasizes that the government still has a way to go in its R&D initiatives for AI. Though, as more agencies apply the tech to their everyday citizen services and utilize the insights pulled from processes, a more significant case for the benefit of AI will be made.

Agencies will have to learn and experiment with the capabilities of their network and know-how to apply those metrics to future standards and initiatives. This means finding challenges that AI can address now, and then using that process to identify other ways to utilize the technology.

Look to Industry

In comparison to the pace of the tech industry, the public sector still has a long way to go. NIST says agencies must remember the importance of timing as a primary factor in innovation and standards-setting.

The integrity of every agency’s network cannot wait on established standards for operations, and that’s why government contractor partnerships are a helpful resource to introduce enterprise-level innovation on the public sector scale.

Iron Bow works with some of the leaders in AI, including companies on the leading edge of automation, networking and cyber security. We know that the public sector can take advantage of these industry breakthroughs and want to help agencies leverage those gains.

Overall, the NIST AI Roadmap reemphasizes a commitment by federal authorities to the research and development of AI in the public sector. The future of federal technology truly revolves around AI and all of its wonderous possibilities.

But agencies still have a lot to digest. Iron Bow specializes in addressing the unique operational challenges that government agencies face, especially when it comes to emerging technologies like AI. We understand all the moving parts and pain points that are specific to government technology, and are here to help the federal government get the most out of AI.

For more information and to see how Iron Bow has already launched seamless IT integration initiatives for federal agencies, visit the Iron Bow website.


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