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Malicious AI: A guide for IT leaders

Originally Published:
Aug 2018

Artificial intelligence is advancing efforts to protect against cyberattacks, but it is also being used to intensify criminal activities. This ebook looks at how AI is being used by threat actors to expand their attack methods.

From the ebook:

AI can be used to automatically detect and combat malware—but that doesn’t mean hackers can’t also use it to their advantage.

Cybersecurity, in a world full of networked systems, data collection, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and mobility, has become a race between white hats and threat actors.

Traditional cybersecurity solutions, such as bolt-on antivirus software, are no longer enough. Cyberattackers are exploiting every possible avenue to steal data, infiltrate networks, disrupt critical systems, rinse bank accounts, and hold businesses to ransom.

The rise of state-sponsored attacks doesn’t help, either.

Security researchers and response teams are often hard-pressed to keep up with constant attack attempts, as well as vulnerability and patch management, in a time where computing is becoming ever-more sophisticated.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been touted as a potential solution that could learn to detect suspicious behavior, stop cyberattackers in their tracks, and take some of the workload away from human teams. However, the same technology can also be used by threat actors to augment their own attack methods.

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