And for a while now, cybersecurity companies have been experimenting how AI factors into improving the over all computing security experience from powerful devices at large enterprises to the endpoint security of devices found on laptops and desktops at home.
The everyday antivirus tools that most of us use employ databases of known threats to check for malicious files on a user’s computer. This is a reactive method of defense; it can protect against known threats, but not against new threats, also known as ‘zero-day attacks.’
Machine learning is a powerful concept. It allows us to train AI to do things without us having to ‘explain’ (through coding) what those things are and how they work. It was always inevitable that, sooner or later, such a powerful technology would be used for malicious purposes. Now, a number of academics and cybersecurity professionals have sounded the alarm over the increasing use of AI to undermine conventional cybersecurity systems.
There is no such thing as a perfect security solution. However, this should provide a fresh impetus for all of us to ensure that we are sufficiently protected against cyber-threats. In addition to making sure that we have antivirus software installed on all our devices, it is also worth adding a virtual private network into the mix. Given that we are seeing an increase in the number of cyber-attacks which are directed towards specific individuals and systems, a VPN, which allows you to obscure your IP address and physical location, can go a long way to enhancing your security setup. In fact, businesses have long been known to use enterprise VPN technology to secure their connections against malicious attackers.
Both artificial intelligence and machine learning are becoming essential technologies that benefit us in numerous ways. However, we are increasingly seeing them used for nefarious purposes. This is something that we should all remain vigilant of, as these technologies also have the potential to undermine our conventional defenses.