itb-au logo
Story image

AI-driven security is no longer optional: "It's a requirement"

02 Apr 2019

More cybersecurity professionals believe that artificial intelligence can improve security now more than ever before, because it can draw on the ever-growing amount of data captured and analysed from the internet of things.

According to a study by BlackBerry Cylance, titled Security Gets Smart with AI, cyber defence, malware prevention and advanced threat detection will be key uses for AI in future.

“Given the increasing threat landscape and our exploding reliance on IoT devices, the potential for digital malfeasance grows rapidly too, highlighting the need for sophisticated defensive strategies,” comments BlackBerry Cylance chief information and technology officer, Kumud Kalia. 

“The adoption of AI is critical for security teams to gain predictive advantage, particularly to protect against malware and to detect and respond to traditionally evasive non-malware threats. As we have demonstrated at BlackBerry Cylance, AI can deliver incredibly powerful results across mobile, fixed, and cloud-based security environments.“

Security professionals also look to AI for decision management and regulatory compliance.

“AI-powered security solutions will continue to gain in prominence as organisations look to market for the latest tools that allow them to be proactive and adaptive rather than reactive in addressing security threats,” adds BlackBerry Cylance vice president of product marketing, Sasi Murthy. 

Across all industries, survey respondents sought the use of AI to better identify unknown threats. These threats are the most challenging threats to address without a predictive advantage.

Respondents also saw AI as an enabler of more effective, holistic approaches to protection; improved capture and use of threat intelligence; reduction in time between infection and remediation; real-time alerts of anomalous behaviour; and better use of existing investments and human analysts.

“To reduce risk of advanced threats, predictive AI-driven security is no longer an option: It’s a requirement,” Murthy concludes.

The study asked 261 corporate and government security professionals about their thoughts on AI. 

Key findings from the survey:

  • The top three technologies considered part of an AI-enabled solution are predictive analytics (76%), deep learning platforms (74%), and machine learning platforms (73%)
  • The top three use cases for AI are cyber defence (75%), malware prevention (71%), and advanced threat detection and prevention (69%)
  • Experience with AI: While 57% of respondents said they are using or plan to use AI-driven security solutions, only 35% have direct experience with such platforms
  • Technology maturity: 46% consider AI-based security solutions to be maturing; however, lack of technology maturity is a barrier to adoption
Link image
Join Nintex on 3 December for Workflow Wonders: TLC for Kids
TLC for Kids is a charity that puts smiles back on childrens’ faces during times of illness. Learn how the charity leverages Nintex to free up resources so it can focus on what really matters. Nintex will donate A$5 for each registration to TLC for Kids! Find out more.More
Story image
Organisations struggling to realise full business value from cloud investments
“Our study shows a surprisingly small two-year improvement in returns on corporate cloud initiatives, suggesting that a more thoughtful and holistic approach is needed to fully unlock the value of cloud.”More
Link image
You’re invited: The secrets to workplace happiness in the post-pandemic world
It has been a rough year for workplace wellbeing, with disruption and health concerns worrying every employee. Join Poly’s A/NZ Kickstart 2021 on 10 December from 11am AEDT, where special guest Dr Justin Coulson will share secrets to workplace happiness in the post-pandemic world. Register now.More
Story image
Cybercriminals are leveraging AI for malicious use
"At a time where the public is getting increasingly concerned about the possible misuse of AI, we have to be transparent about the threats."More
Story image
Pure expands as-a-service offerings with focus on transparency
It aims to provide the economic benefits of cloud, along with those of Evergreen architecture including non-disruptive expansions and maintenance. More
Story image
Advanced Threat Protection from Fortinet: Prevent, detect and mitigate
Cornelius Mare, Fortinet A/NZ Director, Security Solutions, explains why zero-day threats represent an unacceptable risk to your enterprise and how to protect your network by adopting Advanced Threat Protection security services.More