With the world going digital at a very quick pace, there is an increased sense of cautiousness in cyber-security. There is an extended reach for cyber-criminals to target and attack victims all over the world. Thankfully, we have AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) tools that can help us fight cyber-crime. Integrating the strength of artificial intelligence (AI) with cybersecurity brought instant insights, resulting in reduced response times. Updating existing cybersecurity solutions and enforcing every possible applicable security layer doesn’t ensure that your data is breach-proof. But, having a strong support of advanced technologies will ease the task of security professionals.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the branch of computer sciences that emphasizes the development of intelligent machines. These machines are developed to think and work like humans.
With an everyday increase in cyber-attacks, we need to up the game and use AI tools to protect ourselves from cyber-attacks. AI tools make it easier to detect and resolve cyber-attacks. AI in cyber-security dives deeper into key areas to find the threats and adjust itself in a suitable way to resolve them.
AI is firstly trained by feeding billions of data artifacts from sources such as blogs and news stories, through machine learning and deep learning techniques, the AI improves itself to “understand” cyber-security threats.
AI then gathers insights and uses reasoning to identify the relationships between threats, such as malicious files or insiders. This process takes seconds or minutes, allowing analysts to respond to threats up to 60 times faster.
While many other industries have seen AI systems replace human workers, this isn’t necessarily the same in cybersecurity. Humans, by their insights and instincts, are able to accomplish more when supported by the right set of tools. AI supports and reacts to human behavior allows cyber professionals to focus on critical tasks and analyze threats. In addition, it also informs decisions when rectifying a breach. Autonomous cybersecurity doesn’t mean cybersecurity without humans.
- Handling huge volumes of security data: AI software running on today’s powerful processors can zip through more data in minutes than humans could tackle in months and list problems and anomalies immediately.
- Acceleration of detection and response times: AI can speed up the detection of genuine problems, rapidly cross-referencing different alerts and sources of security data.
As influential AI is and CAN be on cybersecurity, the answer is no. However, AI will change the kinds of work cyber engineers are doing. Because for IT teams to successfully implement AI-technologies in cyber-security, they will need a new category of experts to train the AI-technology and analyze the results.
AI can help to fill the gap and improve some domains in the cybersecurity sector, although it may create a need for new skill-sets to be learned by humans in the industry. AI and the human workforce are not in conflict with one another in this field, the more likely to complement each other. The future is bright and full of potential for AI and humans to work at the front lines of cyber-defense.
AI, maybe great for processing large amounts of data and replacing manual tasks, but it’ll never replace an analyst’s insights. There are some data points that require a level of interpretation that even computers and algorithms can’t quite comprehend yet.