Cybersecurity professionals tend to take a cautious approach toward new technology. As such, it’s somewhat ironic that consulting partners and product makers in the industry can get a little carried away with “magic bullet” types of claims to market their solutions. Right now, the field of artificial intelligence is proving a particularly strong example.
Some promising results have emerged from leading institutions and corporations studying the potential of artificial intelligence. For example, in 2017, IBM leveraged its Watson AI tool to produce an analysis on a complex cyber security threat … in 15 minutes. This same analysis would have taken a human professional a full workweek to complete.
And cybersecurity teams are facing several challenges that make machine-assisted analysis incredibly attractive. There is the persistent shortage of skilled candidates for cybersecurity jobs, leaving unfilled positions expected to reach 3.5 million by 2021. On top of that, there is the overwhelming volume of information that researchers face in trying to isolate breaches, suspicious activity and information on pertinent emerging threats.
In light of these challenges, it’s no surprise that the cybersecurity industry would latch on to AI as a buzzword. The possibility of machines stepping in where human potential necessarily falls short is an attractive idea. However, analysts warn that the solutions are not ready to execute on the kinds of capabilities they suggest. In some cases, automation products may simply be relabeled using claims of machine learning and AI capabilities. And in cases where the technologies are effectively implemented, their application still relies heavily on human oversight.
While legitimate AI products can be helpful in dealing with the information overload facing cybersecurity teams, they are no replacement for human effort. Instead, they are best combined with other defensive technologies, as well as ongoing workforce training. Additionally, it’s important to stay skeptical of trumped-up claims in cybersecurity marketing, sorting through the hype to identify capabilities that can complement your efforts.
Lunarline can help your organization separate the wheat from the chaff and build security solutions that make the most of your tech and your human potential. For more information on how we can help, contact us today.