AI is not merely effective, it is essential. AI provides value in multiple areas of cybersecurity. These include the collection and analysis of security data from various sources, monitoring your entire IT stack, advanced machine learning algorithms, and recommendations on how to best respond to threats. And today, cyberattacks have become so complex and sophisticated that they can only be resolved when AI applies multiple security analytics methods at once.
In terms of advantages, AI provides power and speed. AI allows organizations to effectively collect, analyze, and produce recommendations regarding a volume of security data that no team of human security experts could ever handle on their own.
When it comes to challenges, there is no “silver bullet” for AI-driven cybersecurity. Organizations must find a way to effectively adopt, and leverage AI to support their unique security posture.
They both must co-exist. Humans will always be required at many stages of cyber security processes. As I said earlier, humans formulate hypotheses and ask questions and AI provides answers. Humans also need to set objectives for their security efforts and classify data as good or bad before handing off classification to machines. They also play an important role in judging the analysis and recommendations that machines provide, and ultimately make the call as to what course of action is best. AI can provide power and speed, but humans provide skills, insights and judgements that AI cannot replicate.
I feel there is a larger concern when it comes to hackers and artificial intelligence. Hackers are beginning to utilize self-developed AI to increase the speed, sophistication, and strength of their attacks – this is much more sophisticated that automated cracker technologies we witnessed earlier.
It is valid to ask whether cybersecurity’s AI is “hacker proof”, but it misses a simple point— we will not be able to keep up with a cybercriminal’s AI-driven attacks if we do not have our own AI-driven defenses. AI-driven cyber defense may never be perfect, but it is already a necessity.
Yes, Paladion offers AI-driven managed cyber defense via its Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service. Our MDR service combines multi-source analytics – endpoints, networks, user access, and applications, which is unlike any other MDR service in the market. This gives our customers an upper hand against their adversaries, providing them the power to detect even the smallest attacker activity in the environment.
Our MDR service also has individual services within it to help enterprises bring in advanced cyber defense into an existing program depending on their current needs. The six services that map to left and right of hack are: Threat Anticipation, Threat Hunting, Security Monitoring, Incident Analysis, Incident Response, and Breach Management.
Each region has its own unique security challenges. Paladion has a strong presence in the Middle East and serves hundreds of leading enterprises and government organizations in the region. So, our security teams have a deep understanding of the threat landscape in the Middle East, which helps them create comprehensive threat profiles for each organization – this also includes tweaks in machine algorithms to provide the best defense available to each customer. Our global foot print also enables our customers in the region to anticipate threats that have originated elsewhere and take the necessary steps to prevent it before it reaches them.
AI must become a standard element in any effective cyber defense strategy since cyber crime is simply growing.
Damages from cyber crime are projected to reach $6 trillion per year by 2021 as cyber attacks increase in volume, sophistication and damage. Gartner states that enterprises that wish to meet their growing security threats will have to move from protection and prevention, to detection and response, which can only be achieved by partnering AI with human defenders.
The security landscape has tremendously improved in the Middle East. In fact, according to a recent Mandiant Research, the dwell time of attacks in the Middle East is 106 days, which is lower than that of APAC (172 days), but it is still higher than US (99 days). These are averages but it shows without doubt that security efforts in the region have improved.
The region must now embrace the Managed Detection and Response model or Incident Detection and Response if you are managing security in-house, which is the industry’s answer to a step ahead of attackers and break the attacker defender asymmetry. With a service like Paladion’s MDR, you can adopt cutting-edge cyber security in a few clicks. But no matter what security approach you choose, keep in mind that AI driven security is the key to effective cyber defense.