Booz Allen Hamilton, a major US defense contractor, has invested in HiddenLayer, a company specializing in digital defenses of artificial intelligence and sensitive networks. The move was made to strengthen its adversarial AI portfolio, which aims to protect algorithms and applications from malign manipulation. The move is part of Booz Allen’s efforts to integrate startup, commercial, and open-source innovation to augment its existing capabilities. The US Department of Defense and intelligence community are increasingly using AI and autonomy to gain advantages on the battlefield and better parse national-security information. However, increased adoption can lead to vulnerabilities such as data poisoning or code tampering. HiddenLayer’s powerful platform and expert team have proven effective in securing AI from a range of threats. The company has previously invested in Shift5 and Synthetaic, which focus on cybersecurity and predictive maintenance. In 2022, Booz Allen earned nearly $6 billion in defense revenue, ranking 18th on the Defense News “Top 100” list of the world’s largest defense contractors.

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