AI in cyber securityAI in cyber security: a help or a hindrance? Sagar Gujarati |Feb 18, 2019
Arguably, AI has the potential to provide an extremely large benefit to the overall framework of an organisation’s cyber security defence. However, the reality is that it also has the potential to be a real danger under certain conditions as hackers are fast gaining the ability to foil security algorithms by targeting the data AI technology is training on and the issues it is able to flag.
The fact is, AI has the possibility of being deployed by both sides: those looking to attack and those looking to defend. Of course, AI can be beneficial in a number of ways. Mainly, it has the ability to learn and adapt to its current environment and the threat landscape. If deployed correctly, AI would be able to consistently collect intelligence regarding new threats, attempted attacks, successful breaches, blocked or failed attacks and learn from all of it.
Additionally, AI technology has the ability to pick up abnormalities within an organisation’s network and flag it quicker than a member of the cyber security or IT team could; AI’s ability to understand ‘normal’ behaviour would allow it to bring attention to potentially malicious behaviour of suspicious or abnormal user or device activity.