Is AI the Future of Cybersecurity?

Is AI the Future of Cybersecurity?

By EMPIST, August 15, 2019

The Merge of AI & Cybersecurity  

Cybersecurity threats are a growing concern nowadays. Hackers are quick to evolve with the everchanging world of technology and test the limits. With the popularity of artificial intelligence (AI), it’s natural to ask the following question. Will AI play a role in new wave cybersecurity efforts? 

Cybersecurity Today  

Every time you log in to a computer or use a smartphone, you’re at risk of a cyber-attack. Working in cybersecurity, there is already some machine-learning and minimal AI technology utilized today to help protect and monitor networks. That fact is, as the technology matures, there is going to be a need for more. 

The Wave of AI Technology  

Artificial intelligence has been a fun topic of discussion for years. However, this year, the use of AI has come into play with hundreds of AI applications and startups swarming the market. When incredible technology gets introduced, there are two thoughts. People consider all the amazing things the technology can do and how it can also be used negatively. 

AI Cybersecurity 

What does the future of cybersecurity look like with AI? Cybersecurity professionals can expect to be working with more AI systems, smart tools and have fully functioning machine learning technology built into their firewalls, etc. 

The Facts  

If you are unsure about the impact that AI is going to have on the cybersecurity industry, take a look at these stats. According to a recent article from Forbes, a whopping 61% of companies say they could not detect breach attempts without the help of AI technologies. This is causing the estimated budget for AI cybersecurity in 2020 to rise significantly. 

AI Cybersecurity & Password Protection  

Things could get futuristic! Could the world of no passwords and identity scan verification be among us? Maybe. The idea has been weighed and explored to switch over from password management software to AI-based systems. This AI system would monitor all roles, permissions, and actions within an organization and be responsible for flagging any unusual behavior. When a situation is flagged, an employee would have to give a secondary form of verification, such a fingerprint scan or facial recognition.  

The Future of Artificial Intelligence  

Things can still shift before we learn the official role of AI technology in the cybersecurity space. There is one thing we can count on for sure, and that is that this impressive technology is bound to influence the cybersecurity landscape over the next few years.  

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