An Ultimate Guide to Artificial Intelligence in Cyber Security

icon Posted by: Hasan Sameer
icon November 16, 2022

In Brief

What is Artificial Intelligence? 

Artificial Intelligence is a technological attempt to simulate the major aspects of human cognitive functions and deploy them to machines. This mainly suits enterprises that involve a lot of tasks not to be completely automated but require a bit of intelligence. AI particularly mimics three aspects of intelligence. The first one is Learning where the machine can turn vast swaths of data into actionable information. Reasoning capabilities for choosing the correct algorithm to attain the required output are the second quality. The final and most important one is Self-learning which allows smart devices and software programs like Siri and Alexa to give you behavioural responses to your wide range of questions.  

$8.9

billion was the global evaluation of artificial intelligence in the cyber security market in 2019.

$38.2

billion is the estimated mark that it is expected to reach by the end of 2026.

23.3%

is the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) during this forecast period.

69%

of enterprises believe that AI will be required to respond to cyberattacks in the coming future.'

Applications of Artificial Intelligence to Cybersecurity

The type, impact, and complexity of attacks are rapidly changing in the modern enterprise environment. Cyber threats are becoming more sophisticated and the risk of hack and breach incidents against businesses is increasing exponentially. It is not that security measures are not evolving with time. Methods like Web Application Pentesting, vulnerability assessment, and cloud security measures have improved a lot. Still, there are instances of security breaches. This proves that attackers are having more advanced technology stacks and methodologies than the ones we use in our security.

Artificial Intelligence can be the best potential solution for this type of security problem. It can help computer systems to learn, reason, and act according to the vast data sets collected by their sensors. The major challenges in front of AI are:

  • Increasing attack surface
  • Hundreds of devices within a single organization
  • Multiple attack vectors

There is a scarcity of skilled security professionals among most organizations. Also, the amount of data to process exceeds way beyond human potential. AI can solve most of the problems by automating these processes.

How AI can Help Cyber Security?

Deploying a self-learning, AI-based management system to regulate your cyber security posture can improve threat detection and respond more efficiently than traditional software-driven approaches. The following are the ways AI can add up to your security systems:

  • Threat forecast
  • Hunting threats with greater efficiency
  • Diagnosis of the cause of an attack
  • Developing advanced security architecture
  • Accurate monitoring of security behaviors
  • Minimize the cases of false positives while dealing with attack vectors

Positives of Using Artificial Intelligence for Cyber Security

Using an AI-based security mechanism not only accelerates the processing of security functionalities. But also has the following positives on offer:

  • IT Asset Inventory: It helps you to procure a complete, accurate inventory of all devices, users, and applications. AI takes categorization and measurement of business criticality into account as well for the inventory.
  • Threat Exposure: Just like everything in else in the IT industry, hackers also follow the trends. AI can read and analyze the trends to make you aware of global and industry-specific threats. This will help you determine what type of attack vectors are likely to pose threat against your organization. You can prepare your defense accordingly.

  • Better and Effective Control: As a business, you tend to deploy a wide range of security tools and processes within your security posture. AI assists your security teams to analyze the gaps, strengths, and weaknesses of your security measures. This eventually makes it easier to maintain a formidable security posture.
  • Risk Prediction: AI-based security systems allow you to plan for resource and tool allocation towards areas of weakness. Whether it’s Web Application Pentesting, cloud pentesting, or any other security measure, you can determine the gaps lefts in them. This would help you predict breach risks and prepare response plans.
  • Accelerate Incident Response: As the threats are detected on time, you can mitigate them proactively before they can render any damage. Artificial neural networks can help you analyze changing threat patterns and improve network security over time.

Before You Go!

  • All things considered; AI can take your security systems to the next level. You can easily detect and mitigate evolving threats with better efficiency.
  • Handling AI and integrating it with cybersecurity is not easy as it might sound. You can look for Cyber Security Solutions in Dubai to help you out.

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