Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security: a Multi-Part Discussion
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Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security: a Multi-Part Discussion

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are going to change cyber security. Here’s how.

One of the most common topics in the tech world today is artificial intelligence. As the technology improves and the applications for that technology increase, we’re beginning to have ethical debates and conversations about ways that things could backfire.

That’s not really the point of this series. While I think we can all agree the end game is the mass extinction of the human race when the AIs decide the only surefire way to protect our data is to eradicate humanity, for now, let’s talk about the ways Artificial Intelligence is changing security and how it looks to shape the future.

How does artificial intelligence improve cyber security?

Perhaps the most obvious way AI improves cyber security is just in terms of bandwidth. Whereas a human being could never process the amount of data necessary, fast enough, to keep a network completely safe, AI can.

In its simplest form, an AI can help secure a network by keeping constant vigil over it, learning user patterns and traffic flows. What that means is that it learns what users log in at what times, what areas of the network they typically access and what credentials they have.

That way if an account logs in at odd hours and starts accessing strange parts of the network, the AI can act quickly to mitigate a possible intrusion. A human could easily miss these details. It’s actually pretty common when a breach is disclosed for the intruders to have had access for months. This would have been less likely with AI and machine learning incorporated into their cyber security implementations.

While the human element is still an integral part of security, every SOC should have an AI integrated, as well.

The beginning of a Series on AI and Cyber Security

Over the next few weeks, every Monday, we’re going to take a more in-depth look at the role AI and Machine Learning will have in the future of cyber security. Now that you have an overview we can start tackling some of the more interesting niche areas that AI is going to aid in our defenses.

So keep an eye out next Monday for the next portion of our AI series, when we’ll take a look at the ways AI can help with defending the power grid.


Patrick Nohe

Patrick started his career as a beat reporter and columnist for the Miami Herald before moving into the cybersecurity industry a few years ago. Patrick covers encryption, hashing, browser UI/UX and general cyber security in a way that’s relatable for everyone.