Seven Ways How AI Transforms Cybersecurity

Seven Ways How AI Transforms Cybersecurity

AI offers insights into new anomalies and helps devise solid prevention strategies. AI-driven automation assists firms in driving better insights and productivity at scale.

AI presents a solid opportunity to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of cybersecurity measures. It strengthens defense against cyber threats by enhancing accuracy and improving the security posture.

How is AI Different from Traditional Approaches?

Traditional methods entirely relied on signature-based detection systems that could only detect known threats. This means new and unknown threats could easily bypass the old detection mechanisms. So, they could be missed.

AI-powered solutions use ML to detect and address known and unknown threats in real-time without human intervention.

ML algorithms, for instance, can track network traffic patterns to detect malicious behavior. It then alerts the security personnel or takes automated action to address the threat.

As per IBM’s Institute for Business Value study “AI and automation in cybersecurity,”-

IBM's Institute for Business Value study "AI and automation in cybersecurity,"

Unlike traditional systems, AI solutions learn and adapt. Hence, as new threats emerge, these algorithms improve their ability to detect and respond to threats.

This delivers more effective cybersecurity protection over time, allowing firms to protect their sensitive information and critical systems better.

Here are seven ways AI transforms cybersecurity: 

1. Real-Time Threat Detection and Response

AI processes data from several sources to identify suspicious patterns or indicators of compromise. Detecting potential threats and responding to attacks in real-time reduces damage.

IBM’s Institute for Business Value study also states that firms using security AI and automation contained a data breach 108 days faster.

This real-time approach allows firms to respond immediately with mitigation strategies. This can help reduce the damage done to data and also the brand.

With emerging threats, ML algorithms adjust their detection models. It ensures that they align with the evolving threat landscape.

At the same time, this adaptability helps firms determine new threats, offering them a proactive defense capability. It flags real-time alerts and offers detailed information about the threat’s nature, potential impact, and remediation actions.

  • Malware Detection

Malware is a significant threat to companies. AI-driven malware solutions are trained using labeled and unlabeled data. AI uses ML algorithms to identify and address known and unknown malware threats. Moreover, these solutions can also efficiently determine patterns and anomalies.

  • Phishing Detection

Traditional phishing detection methods rely on blacklisting or rule-based filtering to detect and block attacks. However, these methods are ineffective against evolving attacks.

A recent report by IBM, “Cost of a Data Breach Report 2023,” states that

phishing was the initial attack vector in 16% of the breaches.

AI-based phishing detection solutions analyze email structure and content to identify attacks. They check user behavior when interacting with emails to determine potential attacks.

For instance, if a user accesses a malicious link or adds personal data in response to a suspicious email, AI flags the activity, alerting the security teams.

2. Network Security

Firms can train the models to check networks for malicious activity. They can also track unusual traffic patterns and unauthorized devices on the network.

AI analyzes network traffic to identify anomalies and suspicious patterns. It tracks historical traffic data and checks for protocol usage anomalies from suspicious IP addresses.

3. Endpoint Security

Threat actors often target endpoints like laptops and smartphones. AI-driven endpoint security solutions check endpoint behavior and determine potential threats. These solutions also block attempts at unauthorized access, preventing attackers from accessing sensitive data.

4. Security Log Analysis

AI-driven security log analysis uses ML to analyze vast real-time security log data. It can determine patterns indicating a potential security breach without a known threat signature.

Effective security log analysis helps firms rapidly respond to potential security incidents, minimizing data breach risks.

5. Efficacy

AI helps companies prioritize more complex and critical tasks with the help of automation. The algorithms can process and analyze data and track patterns indicating a cyber threat. It helps companies focus on potential risks with increased efficiency.

AI-driven automation helps scan systems and networks for vulnerabilities and identify potential weaknesses that threat actors might exploit. It suggests security updates, streamlining the patch management process.

Also, these solutions effectively streamline Incident Response (IR) processes. It supports the IR process by analyzing relevant data to understand the severity and impact of the incident.

6. Accuracy

AI uses ML to analyze files and programs, flagging suspicious origins or activity. This ensures robust protection against evolving and sophisticated cyber threats.

The advantage is that it continuously learns from new data and refines its models. This way, AI’s adaptive nature allows firms to stay ahead of evolving cyber threats and improve the accuracy of their cybersecurity defenses.

7. Improved Scalability

Traditional approaches struggle to handle large data volumes and maintain efficient operations in complex environments. AI offers scalability, helping companies to analyze data and respond to cyber threats.

AI’s security support covers data generated in cloud environments, interconnected networks, and IoT devices.

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The IBM report also states that security AI and automation were vital investments firms made to cut costs and time to identify and contain breaches. The ones using AI and automation reported USD 1.76 million lower data breach costs than those that did not.

AI empowers cybersecurity by identifying patterns that humans cannot. This enables firms to detect and respond to threats in real-time.

As per a recent report by Markets and Markets, “AI in Cybersecurity Global Forecast 2028,”

the AI in cybersecurity market size is anticipated to reach USD 60.0 billion by 2028 at a CAGR of 21.9%.

As IoT adoption, number of threats, and data protection concerns increase, AI will be the driving force in the cybersecurity landscape in the future.

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