How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Improve Security

Enterprise Security Magazine | Monday, March 29, 2021

Artificial intelligence must be an addition to the current security practices rather than a complete solution due to the present technology restraints. 

FREMONT, CA: Exaggerated expectations have arisen as a result of the hype around artificial intelligence (AI). According to security leaders, the present AI technology, including machine learning (ML) techniques, will enhance security capabilities. Humans working with AI achieve much more in anomaly detection and security analytics than they would without it. While AI in security is not without risk, it is more likely to generate jobs than to remove them.

Simpler solutions can be effective and cost-efficient. AI-based security solutions may still be in their infant stage. Given the limitations of current technology, AI should be used in combination with conventional security procedures rather than a stand-alone solution.

Before investing in technology for their security programs, CISOs should consider the following questions:

What should CISOs and their teams know about AI?

The hype surrounding AI is one of the most significant challenges. Catchphrases like "next-generation" and "holistic approach" sound impressive, but they most likely refer to "the most recent release" and "multifunction." Leaders and teams in security and risk management (SRM) must be aware of marketing and the myths in the AI world.

Instead of relying on vendor claims or assumptions, companies can concentrate on the technology's potential advantages. It's critical for security teams to understand AI's principles to determine how the technology can help with a security strategy.

What is AI's impact on SRM?

AI technology promises to process data and utilize analytics more effectively than human organizations. Security analytics and infrastructure protection will benefit from enhanced automation and data analytics.

  • Perform faster detect-and-respond functions.
  • Find more attacks.
  • Decrease false alerts.

The CISO should lead in understanding what the organization needs and how AI can help. CISOs can also set realistic goals for what AI can provide and prioritize projects based on the areas where it can have the most impact.

How does AI impact your workforce strategy?

Additional roles or skill sets may be required as a result of AI. The competition for these latest skills is intense, and it can be challenging to find "data security scientists" or "threat hunters." But as skills are constantly changing, it may be more productive to hire people who have adaptable characteristics such as digital dexterity, creativity, and business acumen. Before making a purchase, the companies must think about how they will handle talent and skill gaps.

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