Artificial intelligence simulates human intelligence in a higher form. Artificial intelligence acts and learns based on the data provided to it. While the tech industry is arguably new, it is not unknown to cyber threats, cyber pirates, and hackers. Cyber security was established to guard the data and devices.
Humans guide themselves from intruders by keeping security guards, but how will one protect something that is not visible?
Artificial intelligence-assisted security software acts as a guard, to protect the data prone to theft.
Cyber security is an emerging industry. Cyber security is much more than putting passwords to online accounts. The hackers have already cracked the way to bypass password security.
Manually a person can only realize the threats a hack possess and take precautions from outside the system, but it is essential to know what happens in the inner world of codes. Hence, the simulated version: artificial intelligence, is being trained to protect our privacy.
What is a Cyber-Attack? How will it affect you?
On a personal level, the data stored in apps and devices can be accessed by anyone. The professional or financial data stored on cloud storage or online applications can be hacked. If the IoT devices are hacked, they can be remotely operated by hackers. That is a serious invasion of privacy.
For a business or organization, machines and software help automate the process. A massive amount of data goes online. Companies use data and analytics provided by artificial intelligence to make vital business decisions. To manipulate the business decisions of rivals could be the reason for cyber-attacks.
Businesses now prefer using AI-based cybersecurity for better protection, as they understand the consequences of compromised data. Various organizations are contributing to the research done in this field. The biometric identification and authentication market is an aspect of artificial intelligence in cyber-security. As a result of discoveries and innovations, the market is growing tremendously.
Why should artificial intelligence be used for cybersecurity?
Like the human mind, artificial intelligence learns from its surroundings. Based on the artificial neural networks present, it imbibes, improves, and executes the changes needed for improvement. With the use of the data and understanding the patterns, artificial intelligence learns and develops analytics of its own. It is a self-learning technology that will keep evolving, so there is no constant need to program. If AI is used for cybersecurity, it will efficiently enhance the system by itself and make the security network stronger.
Identifies Early Threats
A human can analyze the possible threats and work over them. But as cyberspace grows, attackers find new tactics and malware functions to attack.
Artificial intelligence will send alerts if it detects unusual activity in the systems. AI has the potential to detect an attack and report it.
It analyses the areas where a breach is possible to allocate proper tools and resources to protect it.
As it learns and progresses, it will have the ability to defend against attacks.
Penetrates Deep into the Data
On a website or software, there are millions of visitors regularly. Cybercriminals can hack through those sites. They use cloned identities for illegal activities. AI cybersecurity scrutinizes all the data available on the website along with the visitors. It detects suspicious behaviors and possible malfunctions. Artificial intelligence can go deep into the data and verify it within seconds. It also prevents the user from phishing activities or downloading malicious codes.
When a person needs to log in or put-up credentials in a form, that form needs an extra layer of protection. Using AI for security will add that extra layer of protection using CAPTCHA, fingerprints, facial recognition, and various other features. Most hackers use credential stuffing, for instance, fake identity to attack the servers. Artificial intelligence can identify such cases and lock access.
Recent Cases of Cyber Attacks and Data Breaches Globally
The FBI has probed an investigation after thousands of emails were sent from their official email IDs. The emails sent out were extortion emails. The FBI server was possibly attacked by cybercriminals. The extortion emails are allegedly sent from an extortion group called dark overlord. – BBC
In May, the US oil and gas supplier Colonial Pipeline suspended operations after a ransomware attack left it unable to access data. It eventually paid $5m (£3.7m) to the hackers to regain control of its systems. – The guardian
Apple has sued Pegasus for hacking the iPhone devices. NSO Group, an Israel-based firm that sells software to government and military forces, owns Pegasus. – CNBC
On 23rd Nov 2021, GoDaddy daddy, one of the largest domain registrars, announced that their servers were hacked. There was a massive security breach, where the data of over 1 million WordPress users was at risk.
Leading platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo have become victims, compromising millions of dollars’ worth of user’s data.