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AI in Cybersecurity

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It’s no secret that the buzzword of the year has been AI. But while most conversations revolve around how AI can optimize and add efficiency to our daily routine, there’s a bit more mystery as to how AI fits into the future of cybersecurity. That’s why you must cut through the noise and separate fact from fiction if you want to leverage AI effectively. Worry not, we’re here to talk about it.

 

AI in cybersecurity: Fact from fiction

Myth: AI is the cybersecurity silver bullet.

Fact: AI isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for cybersecurity. While it can efficiently analyze data and detect threats, it’s not an easy fix for everything. You can use AI security solutions as part of a multi-pronged cybersecurity strategy to automate tasks, pinpoint complex threats and assist your IT security professionals.

 

Myth: AI makes your business invincible.

Fact:  Cybercriminals are always finding new ways to exploit your IT systems, and it’s only a matter of time before they discover ways to breach AI solutions as well. AI alone can’t protect your business. Think of AI as a top-notch security system that is made better through regular vulnerability updates and staff education.

 

Myth: AI is a perfect tool and always knows what it’s doing.

Fact: Don’t trust all the marketing gimmicks around AI. Yes, AI security is indeed a “super cool” tool. But keep in mind that AI is still an evolving technology, and there’s much to be perfected. Some companies make loud claims about their AI security tools. An honest vendor, however, will tell you that AI is not magic. If you give it time, AI can learn and adapt on it’s own, and with the help of machine learning your defenses will be better off in the long run.

 

Myth: AI does everything on its own.

Fact:  AI doesn’t fly solo! While AI is great at sniffing out suspicious activities, it still requires human intervention. You can set the goals for AI, then analyze what it finds and make the final call on security decisions. There are also times when AI can sound the alarm for no reason; that’s when you need the expertise of your security team to say, “false alarm!”

 

Myth: AI is for big companies with deep pockets.

Fact:  AI security solutions are now within reach for businesses of all sizes as they are becoming more affordable and easier to use. Moreover, the availability of cloud-based AI solutions means that businesses, regardless of their size, can leverage AI without breaking the bank.

 

How Cybercriminals Use AI to Power Their Attacks

Managing a business on your own is challenging enough without worrying about cyberattacks. However, there is cause for alarm as hackers are using artificial intelligence (AI) to launch sophisticated cyberattacks to steal your data and disrupt business operations.

 

Deepfakes:

Hackers use AI to create highly realistic fake videos or audio recordings to impersonate someone you know, like your boss or a trusted friend. These deepfakes can be used to trick you into sending money or sharing sensitive information.

How to spot it: Closely look for details like unnatural facial movements or sloppy voice synchronization.

 

AI-powered password cracking:

With the help of AI, cybercriminals can effortlessly crack common and easy passwords. Hackers with access to advanced computation offered by AI can automate the breaching process, so they can try millions of combinations to guess your password.

How to fight back: Always use unique passwords. Consider using a password manager.

 

AI-assisted hacking:

Hackers no longer have to spend hours looking for vulnerabilities. Instead, with the help of AI, they can create automated programs that not only identify weaknesses in your system but also create new types of malware.

How to stay ahead: Keep your security systems and software updated. Also, a mandate should be set up to scan for vulnerabilities routinely.

 

Supply chain attacks:

Threat actors use AI to insert malicious code into legitimate vendor products, which eventually will compromise your system as well.

How to protect yourself: Only download software from trusted sources. Always be vigilant with updates and patches.

 

 

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