Artificial intelligence has drawn a lot of media attention for everything from taking people’s jobs to spreading disinformation and infringing copyrights, but AI’s impact on cybersecurity may be its most pressing immediate issue.
AI’s impact on security teams is predictably double-edged. When properly applied, it can be a powerful force multiplier for cybersecurity practitioners, through such means as processing vast amounts of data at computer speeds, finding connections between distant data points, discovering patterns, detecting attacks, and predicting attack progressions. But, as security practitioners are well aware, AI is not always properly applied. It intensifies the already imposing lineup of cybersecurity threats, from identity compromise and phishing to ransomware and supply chain attacks.