Artificial Intelligence And The Future Of Cyber Security

A new era of technology has ushered in the age of artificial intelligence, or AI as it’s more commonly called. Artificial intelligence, when applied to cyber security, gives companies the ability to detect and stop cyber threats before they have a chance to cause any damage.

In this article, we have discussed many things around artificial intelligence which will help you learn and understand more about AI.

Read on to learn more about how AI can keep your business secure in the future.

Introducing machine learning and artificial intelligence to cyber security

In recent years, cyber security has been more and more dependent on machine learning, algorithms, AI and other advanced technology to protect large computer networks. Not only do these technologies increase cyber security’s ability to respond quickly to threats but they have also opened up new opportunities for securing computer systems that were previously out of reach.

With major tech companies like Google, Amazon and Microsoft all investing heavily in artificial intelligence in order to advance their own operations (i.e., improving self-driving cars), it should come as no surprise that applications of artificial intelligence are emerging in just about every area imaginable. This list looks at how we are leveraging artificial intelligence for cyber security today and what experts think about its future.

In many ways, artificial intelligence and machine learning are still in their infancy when it comes to cyber security. As our reliance on technology grows—and as modern technology evolves—we’ll be seeing much more of these tools in action. For example, one area where experts believe machine learning has a lot of potential is helping us find zero-day vulnerabilities before hackers do. Today, we use automated systems to scan for and identify known flaws, but we need to get better at identifying new vulnerabilities before they are exploited by criminals.

How advanced is AI in cyber security right now?

A common concern about advanced technology is that, in their quest to make our lives better, humans may hand over control of important decisions and functions to machines. In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has been developed for autonomous vehicle navigation systems and Google’s DeepMind AI famously beat human champions at Go.

However, for cyber security purposes, AI is still in its infancy. This means most of today’s cyber security solutions are implemented with a lot of manual input from experts—but it also gives companies more time to develop their defences without worrying too much about future threats. Having said that, now’s a good time to start thinking about where we’re going next—and how AI can be used as an asset rather than a hindrance.

We’re now starting to see some really exciting developments in AI, particularly in two areas: machine learning and deep learning. Both of these technologies can be used to enhance security solutions by helping identify, predict and counter-attacks.

For example, a machine learning system will be able to look at a lot of historical data (like past security breaches or malicious activity) and learn from it—creating rules or making predictions that can help humans detect or prevent an attack.

AI tools are also being developed for tasks like filtering emails—making it easier for humans to sift through large amounts of unwanted messages (such as those with viruses). As well as using AI for cyber security purposes, we’re also looking at how it could potentially disrupt cybercrime.

What Is Being Done To Ensure AI Is Ethical?

While many experts and organizations have begun to focus on ethical issues surrounding artificial intelligence, some are saying that real progress isn’t being made fast enough. Musk himself said he thinks there needs to be a regulatory oversight body for AI.

This week, at South by Southwest, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said he’s fearful of regulation that could end up stifling innovation. It’s like when automobiles were first invented and they were just going faster and faster and there were no rules about how to drive them or anything — it’s kind of like that right now, Wozniak told CBS This Morning. Other experts agree with Wozniak.

As artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms are used more and more in cyber security, it’s important that they are used appropriately. So far, no cases of wrongdoing using AI have been reported. Earlier this year, Tesla founder Elon Musk and other prominent tech executives signed an open letter calling for new regulations on AI.

Musk has said before that he thinks there needs to be a regulatory oversight body for AI.
In June 2016, New York University Professor of Applied Physics and Computer Science Stuart Russell co-founded a nonprofit organization called The Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence, which aims to study how to ensure AI is developed ethically.

What Must We Do To Protect Against AI Breaches?

In recent years, we’ve witnessed advances in artificial intelligence. This technology is already revolutionizing a host of fields—from healthcare to transportation—and it’s not just speculation; AI-driven machines are actually working on factory floors today. As exciting as these developments are, they also present a problem for cyber security professionals.

After all, it would be bad enough if hackers could gain access to simple passwords, but AI means that machines will now be conducting online banking and more than likely using more advanced passwords than you or I can ever hope to create.

Artificial intelligence attacks are on their way and they’re only going to become more common with time. The question isn’t whether or not such breaches will happen; it’s what must we do to protect against them?

There’s no doubt that we’re seeing advancements in artificial intelligence on a daily basis. But with that said, such breakthroughs do bring to light a host of new questions. Is there any way to detect an AI attack before it happens?

What are those looking for online protection actually supposed to do about all of these possible threats? And how exactly can people increase their chances of guarding against breaches?

Where Is Technology Heading Next?

It’s no secret that technological advancement has been exponential in recent years. You only need to look at a couple of decades ago and compare it to today – or even just a decade ago – to see how far we’ve come.

Consider artificial intelligence (AI), for example. It’s not just on our phones and computers anymore, but it also plays an integral role in keeping us safe from cyber-attacks as well. Artificial intelligence can analyze data faster than any human being and then determine which threats are valid and which are likely false positives.

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace. It’s not just our phones and computers anymore, but also how they’re connected. Many major cities now have a network of connected devices that are capable of sharing data with one another so they can work more efficiently – as well as protect us from potential threats.

With AI technology performing data analysis in real time, we have a better chance than ever before to stay safe online and take down threats that affect our daily lives in both big and small ways.

How Artificial intelligence is Evolving?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that emphasizes building intelligent machines that work and react like humans. As technology becomes more advanced, AI is being used in daily activities such as analyzing large data sets, making decisions on big purchases and even conducting business transactions.

AI can also be leveraged to help make security systems more effective at spotting cyber threats; however, there are still certain issues with AI’s integration into companies’ existing infrastructures that need to be addressed before it becomes fully operational. One major challenge with integrating AI into current cybersecurity strategies is to define clear goals for what one hopes to achieve by implementing it.

Even after one decides what role AI should play in their business’ security strategy, integrating it into a company’s existing infrastructure can still be tricky. Companies that are looking to add AI to their systems need to conduct a careful analysis of potential cybersecurity risks that could arise from using certain types of technology.

Artificial intelligence will continue to develop and evolve over time as more data is used for training purposes and as larger datasets are created; however, it remains unclear how AI will evolve in relation to cybercrime and cybersecurity.

It will be interesting to see if software engineers can find ways of making AI smarter by combining it with other emerging technologies such as blockchain or biometrics.

Conclusion – what it means for you

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a technology that is set to revolutionize almost every industry – and with it, security as we know it. It’s why experts believe AI will cause an unprecedented amount of damage.

Businesses worldwide will be forced to adapt or get left behind; if your company doesn’t start learning about AI now, you might find yourself at a serious disadvantage in just a few years.

As machine learning technologies continue to advance, they’ll be capable of performing tasks that normally require a human. Companies will have no choice but to adapt or get left behind, which means you’ll have no choice but to learn how to keep up with these trends.

That’s why it is vital that companies understand their network security threats and implement proactive measures that protect against such attacks before they happen. Once your company understands what an advanced threat looks like, it can take appropriate steps to ensure AI technology doesn’t become a serious threat to your business in the coming years.

References

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Journal of Financial Management & Analysis Volume 4 Issue 1. Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts Hong Kong. Page 73-94


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  1. Wow, this is a great article I found. Awesome description and yes AI is very powerful and it will indeed change the future of technology.

    1. Thanks, I am glad you shared your thoughts on this. And yes it is absolutely true.

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