Automation is synonymously linked with Artificial Intelligence, and although automated machines can use AI, they are very different. While automation is rule-based, i.e. if A, then B – conversely AI can be trained to learn, develop and grow using data input.
Since an AI system is continuously in a state of change, it leads to the notion that artificial intelligence is an excellent fit for cyber security, where malicious actors are continuously developing new attacks. The old signature-based style of defence can no longer efficiently protect companies’ crown jewels: their data.
AI has seen many significant breakthroughs. One of the biggest seen is the improvement of security in smartphones such as the AI-based algorithm for Face ID device unlocking system. Using AI processing, smartphones such as iPhone X identify the user’s face even with variations over time, such as spectacles or facial hair.
Opportunity for cyber security
Cyber security, one of the main concerns for today’s highly digital world, has every sector trying to master AI for data protection and it’s creating more opportunities in their respective fields, be it corporate or government.
Many companies have started using AI as a powerful defence against any potent cyber attacks. It automates the detection of a threat, allowing the data to stay secure without the involvement of human operation. Since AI is completely machine-language driven, it assures complete error-free cyber security services. Moreover, companies have also started to allocate more resources to boost AI driven technologies.
Cyber security is constantly developing and so are cyber criminals. Security-driven AI systems can easily detect and identify any unusual behaviour in the system. As these systems constantly learn and develop, they can work alongside human engineers to identify threats and prevent any malicious threats. Mobile technology and open source software are only making traditional cyber security more daunting, and thus, AI seems to be the way to go.