Artificial intelligence is a powerful technology driving innovation and development in many industries, including the field of cybersecurity. Organizations are working to implement AI technology in the workflows to compensate for a lack of skilled cybersecurity analysts. AI can help cyber security companies develop technology to better protect their sensitive information with faster processing times and lower costs. Artificial intelligence and machine learning can help analyze network traffic, catch phishing attacks, decipher complex data sets, and prevent costly data breaches.
1. An AI arms race
As technology becomes more advanced, so do hackers’ own skills. The cybersecurity industry has become an arms race of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and greater processing power. Threat actors can use AI and machine learning to supplement their own cyberattacks, making it cheaper, easier and faster to launch coordinated attacks on businesses, governments, and infrastructure. However, our own cybersecurity researchers can compensate for a lack of skilled security professionals with the use of AI technology. AI-based technology helps reduce the workload and noise that security researchers may have to deal with when assessing cyber risk. Businesses can save money where it counts and invest in better people, processes, and technology to fight cybercriminals.
2. AI analysts take over
The unemployment rate for cybersecurity jobs is currently 0% and is forecast to continue at that percentage through 2021. It’s predicted there will be 3.5 million open cybersecurity employment opportunities worldwide by 2021. There is a lack of skilled cybersecurity professionals to deal with the emerging cybersecurity threats facing our world. Artificial intelligence and machine learning have stepped in to fill the role of many entry-level cybersecurity analysts. This can help detect potential threats in business networks, computers, and other connected devices before they begin to assault the network using a recognition system. This frees up precious time and resources to perform more challenging tasks. Organizations must leverage AI to help protect against emerging cyber threats.
3. New tools and technologies
As AI technology advances, so do the tools and processes we can implement with it. AI can help detect unusual behavior on a workstation, leading a security team to investigate. AI can also find security vulnerabilities in the background before they are noticed by security analysts. Data has shown it takes most companies up to 6 months to detect a cybersecurity attack on their network. In cyber defense, it is all a matter of time, days, and hours matter in a security event. Machine learning and AI are used by mail services like Gmail to detect phishing emails and other dangerous spam that may filter through email.
In conclusion, AI and machine learning are incredibly powerful tools and can do great things or cause great destruction in the wrong hands. Researchers and cyber security specialists are harnessing the power of AI to identify and prevent cybersecurity attacks without needing a team of seasoned cyber analysts. However, organizations should be aware that the autonomous use of AI by cybercriminals is growing. Cyber attackers are using AI and machine learning-based systems to do the time-consuming work of cracking passwords, performing DDOS attacks, and sending phishing emails. These AI systems can steal data from your systems and overwhelm your vulnerability management system if your organization is not careful. Cyber security professionals must be aware of the ways AI can be used for good or for ill and constantly stay one step ahead of their adversaries.