How Artificial Intelligence Amplifies Cybersecurity

In this digital era, cybercrimes are on the rise and cybercriminals are leveraging advanced technologies leading to more complex cyber-attacks. As Artificial Intelligence reaches new frontiers impacting multiple industries, it has proven to be a strong weapon against cybercrimes and detecting threats. It is highly imperative for cybersecurity to exceed cybercriminal’s malicious activities in order to protect organizations from data breaches, frauds, and financial losses. The potential that Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning presents to the cybersecurity world is far from being fully explored and the future of these technologies will continue to evolve as adoption increases.

Challenges Of Cybersecurity

Complexity Of Attacks

Cyber-attacks are progressively getting complex and more dangerous with dedicated teams and syndicates planning and strategizing these attacks. Hackers are creative and increasingly adopting the same sophisticated AI technologies that are being used to prevent these attacks. Moreover, it takes a considerable time for us as humans to identify, understand and mitigate these high-volume attacks. This makes our security systems fragile as it can ultimately crumble the moment a new virus or malware attacks our system.

Scalability

The network architecture deployed with security protocols for big organizations with large amounts of data is complex and even becoming rigid. There are thousands of threat notifications every minute or rather, every second that need to be monitored. Companies moving their data to cloud-based services are exposed to a new array of vulnerabilities and security threats. This makes it easier for the hackers to infiltrate the systems and gain access to sensitive data. It is highly critical for organizations moving to cloud to adopt the right security architecture that aligns with their business goals.

Artificial Intelligence In Cybersecurity

Artificial Intelligence is best known for its learning capabilities and, more importantly, the lightning speed at which it analyzes large amounts of data. In cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms are not only able to sift through tons of information in seconds, it constantly learns from it. Identified threats can be quickly escalated to human analysts which will greatly improve the response time and simplify the security threat detection system. Based on historical data, it will be able to identify threats, understand the level of risk, and even take strategic measures to mitigate them. Additionally, AI can simultaneously handle multiple tasks, protecting and monitoring vast numbers of devices and systems. It can therefore prevent large-scale attacks in a way that traditional cybersecurity systems can’t.

As AI systems learn more, they will predict threats that may occur in the future and proactively set up measures to counter them. Experts and organizations envision that in the next few years, cybersecurity will be run by AI with little intervention from humans. As the ex-CEO of IBM, Ginni Rometty, said, “Some people call this artificial intelligence, but the reality is this technology will enhance us. So instead of artificial intelligence, I think we’ll augment our intelligence.”

At Hitech Advisors, our security experts plan and implement a comprehensive security infrastructure that protects your organization from the evolving threat landscape. With visibility into network and user activity, data flows, and vulnerabilities, we help you maintain high levels of security across all your offices and locations, including cloud, partner, road warrior, and guest security. Learn more about our services here.

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