U of Maryland campuses to use AI to protect medical data, devices from cyberattacks

The University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County have partnered to combine their respective medical and technological expertise for the protection of medical data and devices.

The partnership will apply the Baltimore County campus' cybersecurity and artificial intelligence resources to the Baltimore campus' medical projects. The universities will develop joint research projects to design machine learning models capable of identifying and rectifying potential cybersecurity risks associated with medical datasets, devices and software.

"Part of it is defense and part of it is scientific offense," said Karl Steiner, PhD, UMBC's vice president for research, explaining that the "most exciting" aspect of the partnership will be "looking through the vast amount of data being compiled and finding occurrences or finding opportunities, maybe a unique link that we didn't discover, through natural language processing, through artificial intelligence."

Editor's note: This article was updated Aug. 15 at 8:30 a.m.

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