Artificial intelligence is often confused with automation, but they are separate and distinct solutions to a common problem
cybersecurity is changing
Cybersecurity is changing- Automation is changing the way that businesses operate. From the factory floor to back-end IT, automated services and machines are increasing speed and productivity while freeing workers up to focus on more skilled tasks.
‘Automation’ is often used synonymously with ‘artificial intelligence’, but although automated machines can use AI, they are very different. Automation is rule-based: ‘If A, then B’. AI, on the other hand, is trained to learn, develop and grow using the data it is given. An AI system is constantly in a state of change.
That means that artificial intelligence is a great fit for cyber security, where malicious actors are continuously developing new attacks. The old signature-based style of defence is no longer enough to protect companies’ crown jewels: their data.
“Cyber-attackers are growing faster and more sophisticated by the day,” said Andrew Tsonchev, director of technology at Darktrace Industrial, the branch of the company that uses AI to secure industrial systems and critical national infrastructure.
“Organisations are facing everything from lightning-speed ransomware to stealthy ‘unknown unknowns’ that bypass traditional perimeter defences to silently carry out espionage over long periods of time. Human defenders simply cannot keep up with modern threats, especially as they manage increasingly complex networks.”
Ron Davidson, CTO of Skybox Security, said: “Signature-based systems are built around the concept of recognising and blocking the exploit and may require a new signature for each variant. The signature-based system doesn’t fix the underlying weakness, though it could shield it for a while.”
He added: “Organisations using traditional methods to deal with their own massive volumes of vulnerability occurrences will only see problems compound.”
Several companies are now automating their security with the help of firms like Skybox, while others are working in the more advanced realms of AI. Darktrace is the leading organisation pushing this development in security and has the most widely deployed enterprise AI; its award-winning Enterprise Immune System defends against new threats and, like the human immune system, operates without prior knowledge or signatures.