World's Most Robust Particle Collider Taps AI to Expose Hack Attacks
CERN—the European Council for Nuclear Research lab—is opting for a new approach to protect a computer grid used to produce data by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC’s main job is to collide atomic particles at high-speed so that scientists can study how particles interact. Particle detectors and other scientific instruments within the LHC gather information about these collisions, and CERN makes it available to laboratories and universities worldwide for use in their own research projects. The LHC is expected to generate a total of about 50 petabytes of data in 2017 alone, and demands more computing power and data storage than CERN itself can provide. CERN’s cybersecurity department is training its Artificial Intelligence software to learn the difference between normal and dubious behavior on the network, and to then alert staff via SMS, e-mail or computer message of any potential threat. The system could even be automated to shut down suspicious activity on its own.