Integrating Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security

Ever since the pandemic began, the work from home culture took a sharp boost amongst the tech industries and so did the practice of laying off people, forcing more and more people to be bound at their homes with their machines and a lot of free time on their hands. This has led to a sharp spike in the pre-existing issues of mental health and other ill practices, thus forcing people to adapt a bit more destructive path such as performing cyber-attacks just for entertainments.

India alone experienced a 37% rise in cyber attacks in the First quarter of 2020 as compared to the last quarter of the previous year. A latest report by KSN showed that its products detected and blocked 52820874 from Jan to March of this year. India also ranks 27th worldwide in the number of web threats detected, India also ranks 11th worldwide in the number of attacks caused by servers that were hosted in the country, which accounts of 2,299,682 incidents in Q1 2020 as compared to 854,782 incidents detected in Q4 2019, said the report.

Apart from these the cyber-attacks on the government agencies has also increased exponentially aiming at a plethora of goals from defaming the agencies to straight away life endangering threats like exposing the nations important strategic data or deleting files concerning some major national project.

Advancements in Cyber Security Fields

The threat from cybercriminals is becoming increasingly sophisticated, so security needs to be able to adapt in order to keep up. Fortunately, there have been a number of recent technological developments that have helped improve the arsenal at our disposal to ensure we win the fight against cyber attacker. Technologies such as Internet of Things, Block chain, Stronger application security are helping us win this war.

Flaws in the current system

Advancements in Artificial Intelligence

With the use of extremely powerful machines and humongous datasets any and every things is being made possible, such as mundane tasks like suggesting what groceries to get to what performing lifesaving surgical operations. This potential of Artificial Intelligence can be harnessed, altered and polished to help us in the domain of cyber security as well.

Artificial Intelligence use cases in Cyber Security

Intrusion Detection

Malware Detection

Discovery of code vulnerabilities

Fraud Detection

The Flip side of the coin

Weaponization of AI

Conclusion

Special thanks to my team Ankitha Chate, Sankalp Chaudhary and Shaunak Deo for helping in the blog

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