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Could Artificial Intelligence Be the Answer to Better Cyber Security?

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has the potential to change the way we do business forever, and perhaps even the world around us. This technology isn’t just about programming computers to solve problems anymore; AI is helping real people with real problems every day. Could Artificial Intelligence be the answer to better cyber security?

By Muhammed ArsalanPublished 2 months ago 7 min read
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The Need for CyberSecurity

In today's connected world, it seems that with every new app we download there's a trade-off in privacy. We need cyber security more than ever, but how are we going to get it without sacrificing some of our freedom or breaking the bank?

There is expectancy on the horizon: artificial intelligence (AI).

AI can help us better understand and protect ourselves from cyber-attacks. It can also help us identify potential threats before they happen. If a website or software doesn't act as expected, AI will catch this inconsistency and alert users about possible dangers.

A big issue for many companies is not being able to quickly detect an attack when it happens because there just aren't enough skilled people to do so. The problem isn't as pronounced for companies using artificial intelligence though because these algorithms learn over time - unlike humans - meaning you don't have to have someone watching 24/7. With all the data available through open-source projects like Google Maps, cameras, etc., AI has unprecedented access to information. By sifting through this data and looking at patterns and anomalies in user behavior, you can find early indicators of cyber attacks. You might think but I want my privacy! That's exactly why both your identity and private information are protected through encryption techniques which ensure no one else sees what really happened unless you give them permission. With artificial intelligence becoming more sophisticated by the day it won't be long until we see major advancements in cybersecurity technology; who knows, maybe even a solution that prevents those pesky pop-ups on our screens!

How AI Can Help

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a technique that enables machines to do tasks that would normally require human intelligence. As AI becomes more advanced, it will be able to help with a variety of functions like cyber security. The idea behind how AI can help with cyber security is by searching for vulnerabilities in software and then fixing them. This could be done through programs that are specifically designed for this purpose or bots that have been programmed with specific instructions so they can scan software automatically and identify any potential problems. One way this technology could be put into effect is by allowing bots to do their work while humans monitor them, ensuring nothing goes wrong. There has been an increase in cyber-attacks over the last few years, which means that companies need a better form of protection for their sensitive data. They need someone to watch over these systems and identify if something does go wrong before damage occurs.

Another thing AI could do is lead to better detection systems because artificial intelligence algorithms can process enormous amounts of data much faster than humans ever could. With access to all this information about past attacks on company networks and data breaches, artificial intelligence algorithms would know what signs indicate when someone might be hacking into a company's system and when one might be at risk for future attacks from hackers trying to steal sensitive information from unsuspecting victims who might not know what’s going on at all.

The Drawbacks of AI

Artificial intelligence is a hot topic these days, but what are its drawbacks? One of the most glaring issues with AI is that it’s not perfect. AI has been known to sometimes misinterpret data and make mistakes. For example, in 2013 Microsoft’s Tay artificial intelligence chatbot was taken offline after users taught it racist language and caused it to spout hate speech. The other major issue with artificial intelligence is that it will eventually become outdated as technology advances. For AI to be successful in cyber security, it would need constant updates and new algorithms added to keep up with future threats. A cybersecurity expert at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) believes this poses one of the largest challenges for AI today. The biggest challenge we're facing right now is moving from an era where cyber security solutions were static, said Kevin McCoy-Thompson, HPE's chief strategy officer for cybersecurity solutions, during an interview last week at RSA Conference 2017. Static solutions can only be effective for so long before they become obsolete. He argued that machine learning capabilities need to be built into AI platforms or else they won't have the ability to change over time or evolve with new trends or attack methods. But AI also has the potential to overcome some of the shortcomings of traditional cyber security tools.

One advantage AI offers over human engineers is that it's able to scale more quickly. Humans work slowly by comparison, which means that there aren't enough people available who can manually design and develop all necessary defenses against evolving threats.

AI can help solve this problem by providing faster response times than any human could provide alone. Because AI doesn't get bored or tired like humans do, it can scan massive amounts of data around the clock without tiring out or needing breaks. AI software programs also use trial-and-error techniques in their calculations which means they don't need a set definition for success before going ahead with their solution designs.

Adding to cyber threats

Cyber security has been a hot topic in recent years, with more and more cyber threats coming to fruition. One of these is the newest AI technology that has been designed to recognize faces and objects in videos. Although this technology can be used as a positive force for good, as it will make video monitoring easier, it can also be harnessed by hackers for nefarious purposes. The system is not yet fully developed, but once it becomes possible to identify people by their voice or their gait, there may be no stopping them from using the system for malicious purposes. Experts say that, at least shortly, humans will still have the upper hand when it comes to cyber security. However, experts also predict that AI-powered systems could one day prove themselves better at protecting companies against cyber-attacks than human systems ever could. If cyber-security programs continue to evolve, they could eventually take on a life of their own, becoming self-learning and adapting to new technologies. That would allow the programs’ developers to focus on other projects while they worked on perfecting the cyber-security program. It's important to note that, even if cyber-security does become smarter thanks to AI tools, the tech industry should remember never to underestimate the value of social engineering tactics like phishing scams and trojan horses. These scams rely heavily on human interaction with unsuspecting victims; thus, hacking attempts depend largely on psychology rather than technical skills. Social engineering might seem old-fashioned now compared to newer hacking techniques like SQL injection attacks, but those hacks are easy prey for cybersecurity experts armed with social engineering knowledge. Cyber security firms need to find a way to integrate both types of attacks into their overall defense strategies if they want any chance at staying ahead of cyber criminals' methods.

The Future of AI in CyberSecurity

As AI continues to evolve and become more sophisticated, it is becoming a viable option for cybersecurity. AI can be trained to identify patterns in code and detect anomalies in data that humans may not notice or have time to investigate. Additionally, AI has the potential to solve one of the major issues with cyber security: human error. With cyber security experts so overloaded with work, many don't even have time for breaks because they are constantly monitoring systems. This leaves opportunities for errors such as human error and miscommunication leading to data breaches. AI could help resolve this issue by taking on much of the workload and freeing up cyber security professionals to do what they do best: protect against cyberattacks. However, there are some downsides to using AI. One of the biggest problems is that AI does not have an emotional intelligence component which could lead to a lack of empathy for those who use their products. The other downside is that there isn't a guarantee of how well AI will work when it comes into contact with new problems and technologies due to the complexity involved in solving them. Furthermore, if there were an outage in communications between artificial intelligence devices then they would need backup systems which would provide less than optimal cyber security results. Overall though, artificial intelligence provides exciting prospects for cyber security but these future developments will require further research before implementation.

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