The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity
November 6, 2018 by Bill Rosenthal

The invention of artificial intelligence has undoubtedly been one of the most noteworthy technological advancements of the 21stcentury. As it has already infiltrated nearly every enterprise and industry of today, companies are using this technology to their advantage and amplifying their abilities – including the world of cybersecurity. 

Although it has definitely begun to make its mark on the industry as a whole, cybersecurity experts do not believe that artificial intelligences is yet living up to its full potential. This could be partially due to the ever-increasing levels of sophistication of cyber attacks, which keep us one step behind cybercriminals in a constant game of catch-up. The question at hand is how do we best implement artificial intelligence in this world of nearly constant, silent attacks?

The best way to use artificial intelligence as an advantage in the world of cybersecurity would be as a pragmatic application that buys time for cybersecurity professionals. After all, this fast-moving world means that a security analyst could leave for the day with a secure network and return to cyber-devastation the next morning. Artificial intelligence can be programmed (or “taught” via machine learning) to look out for certain cues within networks, how they should react accordingly, and to alert any necessary humans. The security systems that are in use today cannot draw their own conclusions like AI is able to do without new training data. This machine learning also allows for constant updating and “deep learning,” in which the systems allow algorithms to make independent adjustments and regulations as they train and evolve. With over 200,000 cybersecurity events happening on any given day at an average organization, this technological advancement could help strengthen overall cyber defenses. 

Artificial intelligence is by no means a cure-all for the world of cybersecurity. It is best to think of it as a vigilant guard that security professionals can count on when they cannot be monitoring things themselves or a lookout that is able to alert a company’s cybersecurity team of a potential threat before it happens. The humans will have to always be involved, as the systems should not and will not be autonomous, but AI will be able to recognize patterns and correlations from data to reduce overall system blind spots. This is not to say that artificial intelligence is not without its faults. Cybercriminals will be able to and are probably already devising exploits of this technology to create their own AI cyberattacks. However, that risk comes with any sort of machine-based advancement in the world of security. 

In combination with trained employees, artificial intelligence can help companies build a security force to be reckoned with and help gain an edge over hackers in a way that we have yet to experience before.

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