Public and private organizations are trying their best to fend off cyberattacks, which have become more rampant in recent times. Cybercriminals have taken their trade to new levels, creating malware that is difficult to discern and rebuff. The focus has now turned to Artificial Intelligence (AI). Although the use of AI may seem like the most comfortable choice, is it the wisest?
Pros of AI
Cybercriminals are burning the midnight oil trying to tweak malware so it can evade detection by security features. Relying on humans to keep tabs on such developments would not be foolproof because it would either take too long or would be impossible altogether. AI has the ability to detect and react to such threats almost immediately and put safety measures into place to rectify the situation.
AI can deploy automated tools to check and neutralize any threats to data within a short time, something that human systems would take ages to accomplish. Cyber attackers are continually creating new variants of their malware; AI helps to quickly identify those variants against their past history and diffuse them.
The Cons of AI
Nothing can be 100% perfect, and AI is no different. One problem with this technology is incorrect programming. If the system is not programmed correctly, it may not detect cleverly disguised malware, predisposing organizations to a serious breach of cybersecurity. Sometimes AI can be a nuisance, flagging non-malware instead of the real culprits. The mix up could slow down data processing.
Cannot Replace Human Security Staff
Although AI promises to be more effective than human systems in detecting and fighting cyberattacks, it can’t truly replace humans. Organizations still need real people to check and evaluate AI processes and determine whether they are effective. Running and maintaining AI may increase the running costs of a business.
An Advantage for Cybercriminals
Cybercriminals may also use AI to create self-learning automated software that can be very dangerous. They could use this technology to develop ransomware or phishing attacks that are nearly impossible to detect because they can read the environment and possibly neutralize the anti-malware before initiating attacks.
While AI can be more efficient in repulsing cyberattacks, it has specific weaknesses that criminals can exploit to wreak havoc on data systems of organizations. It’s unavoidable that AI will be a part of our future. The question lies in how much we choose to use AI.