Find out more about how A.I. can either strengthen your cybersecurity or put you at risk.
WHAT IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE?
4 PROS OF A.I. IN CYBERSECURITY
1. BOOSTS PRODUCTIVITY – A.I. analyzes and
interprets large amounts of data in a fraction of the time it would take for
humans. A.I. can help process security checks, boost productivity, and respond
to threats faster.
2. SAVES BOTH TIME AND MONEY –Routine tasks
can be automated which saves both time and money for many companies. A.I. is
also able to identify threats with more accuracy and efficiency, reducing
manual labor and allowing cybersecurity experts to focus on other tasks.
3. FIGHTS FASTER AGAINST MALWARE – A.I. identifies
patterns in code, network traffic, and other indicators of malware, which it
then uses to detect and respond to threats at lightning speed. By using machine
learning algorithms, A.I. can continuously adapt to new threats without
4. IMPROVES BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION – Many
apps that we use everyday require biometric authentication such as fingerprint
and facial recognition rather than passwords. A.I. detects recorded
fingerprints and faces faster than programs coded by humans, making authentication
faster and more reliable.
4 CONS OF A.I. IN CYBERSECURITY
1. SUSCEPTIBLE TO HACKING – Cybercriminals
can exploit weaknesses in an A.I. program’s code to introduce malware into a
system, along with manipulating the A.I. to misread hidden threats. This can
lead to dangerous consequences especially to infrastructure systems such as
transportation, energy, or water supply.
2. THREAT TO DIGITAL PRIVACY – While A.I.
greatly aids in biometric authentication, this will lead to catastrophic data
breaches when put in the wrong hands. If the data gathered by the A.I. is not
properly secured, it can lead to identity theft and impersonation.
3. COSTLY TO IMPLEMENT – Despite its fast
growth, A.I. is still in its early experimental stages especially in
cybersecurity. Implementation of code that may lead to mistakes is a costly
risk not all companies are equipped and financially able to take.
4. MALWARE CREATION – Just as A.I. can
create helpful programs, it can also create malicious ones. A.I. when in the
wrong hands can lead to malware being placed inside programs that may seem
legitimate and secured. Malicious A.I. can create code that bypasses security
defenses, making its intelligence very dangerous.
IS A.I. GOOD OR BAD FOR CYBERSECURITY?
The answer is both a yes and a no, as it depends on how it
is used. While it can be a great help to many organizations and make
time-consuming tasks easier for I.T. professionals, it can also lead to data
breaches, leaking of information, and the spread of malware. As professionals
in the I.T. field, it is our responsibility to work with A.I. in a way that not
only benefits our careers, but also the future of technology.