19 Things to Know About Cybersecurity in 2019 | #3. AI WILL ACCELERATE, AND SO WILL THE ATTACKS

Artificial Intelligence

AI – also known as “Artificial Intelligence” – is intelligence demonstrated via processing by machines, particularly, computing systems. Remember the fear many years ago, “will robots replace humans”? Thankfully, that won’t happen anytime soon – or hopefully, ever – but AI is growing aggressively, becoming one of technology’s great disrupters of the new millennium. The notion that computers can learn, adapt, and improvise is a daunting thought no doubt, but it’s happening for sure, make no mistake about it.

Do we all remember the Terminator played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1980’s & 1990’s? As each new sequel came out, a more advanced “Terminator” came to life, a human-created machine that was ultimately able to think and make decisions for itself. Scary, hey? Well, we’re not there yet, but one of the biggest concerns with AI is the ability for machines to think for themselves.

According to Guy Caspi of Deep Instinct, “Autonomous cars like Google’s (Waymo) are already using deep learning, can already raid obstacles in the real world…so raiding traditional anti-malware system in cyber domain is possible.”

Nicole Eagan, CEO of cybersecurity firm Darktrace, notes that “We’re still in the early days of the attackers using artificial intelligence themselves, but that day is going to come…And I think once that switch is flipped on, there’s going to be no turning back, so we are very concerned about the use of AI by the attackers in many ways because they could try to use AI to blend into the background of these networks.”

AI and Cybersecurity

It should come as no surprise, then, that AI is affecting cybersecurity. Cyber threat detection has now become a focus point of cybersecurity in that AI is proving quite useful and gaining steady traction. Machine learning-based technologies are particularly efficient at detecting unknown threats to a network; thus, computers use and adapt algorithms depending on the data received, learn from this data, and thus improve their overall security posture.

A recent Cybersecurity Market Report forecasts that global spending on cybersecurity products and services will exceed $1 trillion cumulatively from 2017 to 2021 – a 12% to 15% year-over-year market growth over the period.


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