A single successful cyberattack disrupted the entire city of Baltimore for several weeks, shutting down email and interrupting real estate sales, water bills, health alerts, and many other services. A year before, two hospitals—one in Ohio and the other in West Virginia—were forced to turn patients away due to a system failure caused by a ransomware attack.
Anymore, such incidents are common. The 2018 Global Threat Report estimates that during the past few years, seven in 10 organizations throughout the United States were, in some way, affected by a data breach.
Struggling to deal with the current cybersecurity threats and prevent cybercrime—at a cost estimated at more than $1.1 million per minute by the latest RisklQ study, many organizations are adopting artificial Intelligence (AI) for networking and cybersecurity.
AI has already displayed great potential in the data center by improving efficiencies, preventing downtime and reducing staffing shortages, among many other things. And, it has an ability to learn by consuming billions of data artifacts and use reasoning to identify the relationships between threats. This potentially revolutionizes the entire cybersecurity industry.
Depending on its implementation, AI has demonstrated a success rate between 85 percent and 99 percent in detecting cyberattacks. And, there are already multiple AI companies engaged in the business of cyber defense
The opportunities for the application of AI in networking and cybersecurity are limited only by our imagination. Consider what AI can do for your organization:
- Real-time threat detection and autonomous response
- Fraud and phishing detection, using natural language processing
- Adaptive spam filtering that doesn’t depend on pre-existing rules
- Intelligent threat visualization
- Predicting and protecting against known and unknown malware
In other words, AI can help your organization overcome the cybersecurity skills shortage. It can do so by autonomously picking up network abnormalities faster than any cybersecurity professional ever could. Then, AI can instantly respond in the most appropriate manner.
What’s more, AI’s ability to make sense of massive data collections allows it to discover valuable insights that might otherwise remain hidden.
Of course, cybercriminals are also aware of the benefits of AI. It’s only a matter of time before they will commonly deploy it to attack those who seek to use AI to defend themselves. That’s just one more reason why your organization can’t wait too long before embracing AI in your business’ networking infrastructure and cybersecurity.
Artificial intelligence won’t replace human security engineers—at least not in the foreseeable future. But, it’s quickly becoming an essential tool for your organization to protect itself against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats.
And, with hackers just as excited about the potential of AI as you, the cybersecurity landscape is shaping up to be an arms race of AI versus AI. Only those who manage to keep up can emerge on top.