When bad actors have AI tools: Rethinking security tactics
Cloud-stored data is suddenly encrypted, followed by a note asking for ransom or threatening public embarrassment. Corporate email addresses become conduits for malicious malware and links. An organization’s core business platform abruptly goes offline, disrupting vital communications and services for hours.
We’ve learned to recognize the familiar signs of a cyberattack, thanks to the growing array of well-publicized incidents when threat actors from nation-states or criminal enterprises breach our digital networks. Artificial Intelligence is changing this picture.
With AI, organizations can program machines to perform tasks that would normally require human intelligence. Examples include self-driving trucks, computer programs that develop drug therapies, and software that writes news articles and composes music. Machine learning (ML) is an application of AI that uses algorithms to teach computers to learn and adapt to new data.