How AI is Changing the Way We See Cybersecurity
It's been clear with the most recent breaches that cyber threat intelligence experts need to respond better to security alerts. With this year's increasing ransomware attacks and stricter compliance requirements from the government, an organization's response must be much faster. The natural next step would be to increase staff.
However, because hiring in the cybersecurity ecosystem has grown tougher, companies are turning to machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to automate tasks and detect bad behavior.
What is Artificial Intelligence?
In the cybersecurity industry, AI is software that perceives its environment well enough to identify and take action against a defined purpose or event. According to a Vanson Bourne survey from October 2017, 80 percent of organizations have implemented AI within their organization in some way or another. Additionally, a recent Spiceworks survey says that 25 percent of organization's plan to adopt AI within the next year while 30 percent with 1,000 employees or more are already using it in their IT departments. Organizations agree, AI is great at recognizing patterns and anomalies, making it an important tool for detecting threats.
What is Machine Learning?
Machine learning is often used with AI. It is software that can "learn" on its own based on the input of humans and results of previous actions taken. In Layman's terms, this means that machine learning and artificial intelligence together can become an excellent tool to predict outcomes based off of past events.
The Human Variable
While AI, machine learning, and machine automation are definitely the way to the future, a human-in-the-loop is still needed. Humans are terrific at recognizing patterns: it's one of the most fundamental cognitive skills we possess. And at the end of the day, someone has to teach the machines.
NC4 Mission Center™ provides the perfect mixture of automation and human interaction. The information cyber threat intelligence experts need in order to maintain their cybersecurity awareness is curated for them, but the actions taken in response to that information can be further analyzed and decided by the human. IT departments, and their very human personnel, will continue to be vital in the cybersecurity ecosystem. For more information on Mission Center, contact us any time at 877-624-4999.
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