How AI Benefits Cybersecurity
Artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping nearly every industry – and cybersecurity is no exception. A recent research report estimated the global market for AI-based cybersecurity products was about $15 billion in 2021 and will surge to roughly $135 billion by 2030.3
Cybersecurity organizations increasingly rely on AI in conjunction with more traditional tools such as antivirus protection, data-loss prevention, fraud detection, identity and access management, intrusion detection, risk management and other core security areas. Because of the nature of AI, which can analyze enormous sets of data and find patterns, AI is uniquely suited to tasks such as:
- Detecting actual attacks more accurately than humans, creating fewer false-positive results, and prioritizing responses based on their real-world risks;
- Identifying and flagging the type of suspicious emails and messages often employed in phishing campaigns;
- Simulating social engineering attacks, which help security teams spot potential vulnerabilities before cybercriminals exploit them; and
- Analyzing huge amounts of incident-related data rapidly, so that security teams can swiftly take action to contain the threat.
Additionally, AI has the potential to be a game-changing tool in penetration testing—intentionally probing the defenses of software and networks to identify weaknesses. By developing AI tools to target their own technology, organizations will be better able to identify their weaknesses before hackers can maliciously exploit them.
Having this intelligence would provide cybersecurity organizations with a significant edge in preventing future attacks. Stopping breaches before they occur would not only help protect the data of individuals and companies, but also lower IT costs for businesses.