At Black Hat last week, you couldn't pass a slot machine without some cybersecurity technology vendor crowing about machine learning or artificial intelligence (AI). Yup, machine learning algorithms have great potential to help with security analytics and employee productivity, but this technology is in its infancy and not well understood. ESG asked 412 cybersecurity professionals to assess and characterize their knowledge of machine learning/AI as it relates to cybersecurity analytics and operations technologies. Of the total survey population, only 30% of respondents claim to be very knowledgeable in this area. In other words, 70% of cybersecurity professionals really don't understand where machine learning and AI fit.
An ever-present threat to any given country's national security is that of cybersecurity. There are always hackers that want to use technology for malicious purposes, not to say the long list of adversaries that a country can pile up along the years. That's so as what it is at stake is millions of sensible data from citizens, companies, directories, senior officers and members of the government, state's information and more. Unfortunately, not all Governments take this peril as seriously as they should, and the efforts towards creating cyber-defense strategies – in most countries – lack budget, personnel and even real, field knowledge. Before this absence of real policies, Artificial Intelligence might be well seen as a good starting point where to build the walls that keep out any possible threats.
Zenedge is a cloud based web application security and'Distributed Denial of Service' mitigation services. The company employs several cybersecurity experts, with advice offered to businesses. The company is well-placed to cast its eye over the state of cybersecurity leading into 2018. Yuri Frayman, CEO at Zenedge, told Smart2Zero that businesses continue to face real-threats: "the caliber and frequency at which organizations are experiencing cyberattacks is alarming." The cybersecurity expert adds: "it is imperative that the industry pivot accordingly, developing, and ultimately implementing preventative technologies at a much faster rate.
A third of cybersecurity experts believe the rise of AI in cybersecurity will see the end of humans making security decisions within a decade, according to research published today. In a survey cybersecurity experts conducted at Info Security Europe by One Identity, 33% of cybersecurity experts said that they believed there would be no need for humans to be involved in the cybersecurity decision making process in less than ten years. A further 13% said they thought this would happen in more than ten years, while 14% said they thought there was already no need for humans to make such decisions thanks to the rise of AI in cybersecurity. Only 40% said they thought that AI would never become advanced enough to remove humans from the cybersecurity decision making process. The use of artificial intelligence in the cybersecurity space has seen rapid proliferation in recent years, particularly to automate often mundane and repetitive processes within the space, or to lighten the load of cybersecurity researchers, who are in short supply in a growing field.