Fighting AI-powered Malware with AI Tools

Fighting AI-powered Malware with AI Tools

As AI evolves, its strength adds tremendous value to enterprise technologies. However, as a tool for cyber threats, its power could cause destruction that matches the benefits it provides. AI-powered malware is one of the biggest challenges facing CIOs today. So AI plays a double-edged sword here- driving savage attacks and enabling enterprise cyber security.

Amidst the fast-paced digital landscape, AI has brought about remarkable progress. But it has also introduced a fresh set of complex cybersecurity challenges. With the advancement of AI technology, cybercriminals are using its power to carry out more sophisticated and precise cyberattacks.

AI-Powered Cybersecurity Threats

According to Sapio Research and Deep Instinct’s new Generative AI and Cybersecurity report, 

According to Sapio Research and Deep Instinct's new Generative AI and Cybersecurity report, 75% of security professionals have seen increased attacks in the last year, with 85% attributing the increase to bad actors using generative AI.

Here is a list of some of the biggest cybersecurity risks enabled by AI:

  • Advanced Phishing Attacks: Threat actors can use AI to make convincing phishing emails or messages by studying and copying the styles and behavior patterns of a target person or organization. It could be hard to tell the difference between these emails and real ones because they are so personalized.
  • Adversarial Attacks: Security systems capable of recognizing images or processing natural language may be duped by negative algorithms generated by artificial intelligence
  • AI-Generated Malware: AI-powered malware can change and adapt over time. This makes it harder for traditional antivirus programs that use signatures to find and stop threats.
  • Deepfake Attacks: AI-powered Deepfake technology can make audio or video recordings look and sound real. They can be used to impersonate people and trick targets into activities they wouldn’t normally do. It could lead to attacks on people’s trust or the spread of false information.
  • Automated Exploitation of Vulnerabilities: AI Algorithms can detect and exploit software flaws, which makes it easier to hack targeted networks and systems.
  • Credential Stuffing: Algorithms that AI powers can automatically try different username and password combinations to log into accounts without permission. This could make credential-stuffing attacks work, especially if people use the same passwords on multiple sites.
  • Automated Botnets: AI can build and run large botnets, groups of compromised computers that can be controlled from afar.

Botnets like these could be used to launch DDoS attacks, spread malware, or mine cryptocurrency in secret.

But the fact is, while AI can bring down companies, it is one of the biggest defense tools against malware, too.

So, how do companies build their defenses against AI-powered malware to stay secure?

Building Defense against AI-powered malware

Addressing ransomware concerns may be difficult, challenging, and costly, especially in a continuously evolving threat landscape.

However, artificial intelligence (AI) provides a huge advantage in the fight against ransomware and cybercrime. The technology solutions provide important insights that can help organizations identify and prevent future attacks.

Intelligent Threat Detection

In the fight against ransomware, multiple AI components help overcome various problems. AI can analyze a network to detect ransomware vulnerabilities. It can pull data from hundreds of systems and identify irregularities in security logs, emails, and other sources.

AI systems can also protect against future ransomware attacks using historical data to inform decision-making. It can forecast ransomware attack techniques and address new network weaknesses.

AI can also assist relevant companies in responding swiftly to money laundering and terrorism funding threats. It can provide effective screening against a wide range of risks and identify possible perpetrators.

Accelerated threat detection:

AI can supplement existing attack surface management strategies. It can also help make faster decisions and take action while focusing on more strategic activities.

AI-powered networks, asset mapping, and visualization tools can deliver real-time insights into any attack surface. They can detect and categorize active assets, including containerized assets, providing insight into rogue asset behavior.

Force multiplier for containment and response:

AI can also work as a force multiplier, allowing security professionals to automate time-consuming tasks. It thus helps to streamline containment and reaction. It uses a number of component tools to do this.

AI can assist analysts in managing increasingly complex security risks while achieving scale. it uses automated review and decision-making features to deliver this.

AI-based security tools employ automation to reduce the time between detection and remediation.

After identifying a threat, AI-based solutions use ML and automation tools to take preventive action. They can take autonomous, preventative action, such as limiting access to specific data.

AI-based API management solutions that are trained on user access patterns, may scan all API traffic in real time to detect, report on, and respond to anomalies.

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Employ Proactive Security Measures

AI-based tools can enable a more proactive security posture and make organizations more cyber-resilient.

Thus protected, enterprises can continue operating even when under attack. This helps to reduce the downtime. It also helps reduce cyber threats’ impact on business continuity and brings down data exposure to malware.

AI also enables proactive threat hunting by providing threat intelligence to teams and allowing them to take proactive action.

Organizations can use AI and machine learning to automate a number of security stands. These include policy configuration, compliance monitoring, and threat and vulnerability detection and response.

For example, privileged access management solutions powered by machine learning may automatically establish and maintain security policies that enforce zero-trust security models. These models may identify between valid and malicious connections based on network traffic patterns. They can also recommend how to segment the network to safeguard applications and workloads.

Security specialists can create attack graphs that model the structure of complex networks. They can do this by combining vulnerability analysis and reinforcement learning.  These insights graphs can reveal optimal attack routes. The result is a better understanding of network risks.

This will also help to reduce the team sizes for security functions.

Similarly, cyberattack simulation systems can identify infrastructure vulnerabilities and prospective attack pathways. They can derive this data by continuously replicating advanced threat methods and procedures.

The focus is on taking proactive measures, being adaptable, and adopting a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity. AI tools enable all of these objectives.

As AI abilities constantly evolve, organizations can finally deploy a defensive strategy that can quickly adapt to new threats.  Using these new abilities, they can predict risks and also be prepared to fight them.

More than being a technological achievement, this gives enterprises a new sense of security.


Threat actors’ continued focus on increasingly more sophisticated and convincing phishing and account takeover attacks. With newer vulnerabilities laid bare, the risks are high.

Not surprisingly, new threats will constantly surface with evolving technologies. The biggest perpetrators are players in geopolitical events. They are constantly carving newer shifts and more deadly paradigms in attacker strategies.

The biggest area of concern is that they are now using AI tools to run attacks like deepfakes, malware, and phishing. The new technology makes these attacks more malicious and destructive than ever before.

With AI tools in the limelight, enterprises have at least one secure defense factor.

A new issue is also that threat actors leverage the growing digitization of enterprises. The growing scarcity of cyber security skills is not helping the cause.

Under the circumstances, it’s only AI tools that can stand their ground to secure enterprises. They can use the qualities that make them such deadly perpetrators to defend companies just as strongly.

The prevailing themes for 2024 underscore the persistent exploitation of the weakest links in businesses.

Organizations need to implement the strongest and most comprehensive strategies that will enable them to tackle all possible attack vectors.

AI tools come out at the top, in being the most versatile, strongest contenders for maximum reduction of risk for the new digital enterprise world.

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