Question: How does the increase in artificial intelligence play into the future of security?
The most important thing to note as of today is that there is no TRUE artificial intelligence (AI), especially not in security products. Proceed with serious caution if a security product claims to use AI. Artificial intelligence will play a very significant role in the future of cybersecurity on both sides of the equation – the good and the bad.
On the good side, AI will make your security products (apps and devices) more effective by not only analyzing behavior and acting as true threat intelligence across the internet, but AI will make changes to your devices and security posture for you – both proactively and reactively. The faster your devices and your security posture are updated – without human interaction – the more secure your organization will be.
On the bad side, attackers will also leverage AI to make their attacks and pivots more automated, intelligent, and aggressive. Attacks will work around various barriers and roadblocks much more quickly – and without human interaction. Most of today’s cyber attack tools automate exploitation to the point of compromise, but tomorrow’s AI-based cyber attacks will be automated throughout the attack lifecycle.
We’ll need AI cyber defenses to counter AI cyber attacks. We’re not there yet today, but expect both sides to advance significantly in the upcoming years.
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