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Artificial intelligence is one of the hottest topics in IT right now. While experts across several disciplines have indicated there’s still a long road ahead for the budding technology, top AI players have demonstrated promising developments.
In cybersecurity, AI’s automation potential has been met with high enthusiasm. This is in large part because the field is suffering a shortage of personnel that is qualified and prepared for today’s fight against cyber attackers. At the same time that massive security breaches continue making headlines and advanced hacking methods grow at an alarming pace, researchers estimate that approximately 350,000 security roles remain unfilled in the U.S. The global number is expected to reach roughly 3.5 million by 2021.
Artificial intelligence can reduce staffing needs of cybersecurity teams, the theory goes, by automating most basic (and even some more advanced) capabilities. However, evidence is starting to pile up refuting that idea — at least as it concerns current AI solutions.
On the contrary: A recent study from Ponemon Institute has concluded that these tools may be increasing the cybersecurity skills gap.
In a survey of more than 600 cybersecurity professionals, Ponemon discovered that machine learning and AI tools have actuallyincreased the need for cybersecurity personnel. Teams need experts qualified to work with these advanced technologies — and the more solutions they bring on, respondents claim, the more they seem to need new candidates.
Approximately 40 percent of the organizations surveyed have employed automation tools for the purpose of overcoming staffing challenges. However, 76 percent say that the approach has led to a greater need for better-skilled staff.
AI and machine learning still look like a potential path forward for cybersecurity — eventually. But at least for now, businesses and other organizations should know that there are other options for overcoming the shortage of skilled professionals:
- Outsourcing some security functions to a third-party managed service has been gaining momentum in recent years.
- Finding promising candidates outside of the IT department and getting them trained — say, through Lunarline’s School of Cyber Security — is another route to consider.
- Solutions that simplify processes, without the need for specialized staff, also exist, allowing your team to manage its responsibilities without hiring new staff or burning out current employees.
Lunarline can help you solve your cyber personnel challenges. To learn more, contact us today!