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Adolfo Pérez CCO

AI in cyber security

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is playing an increasingly important role in cyber security, as highlighted by Udi Mokady, CEO of CyberArk, at the Davos 2024 Forum. AI has the potential to strengthen our defences against cyber threats, but it can also be exploited by cybercriminals.

AI algorithms allow for more sophisticated cyber attacks

AI systems can analyse large amounts of network data to identify patterns and detect anomalies that could indicate a cyber-attack. This can enable organisations to respond to threats more quickly and effectively. In addition, AI can be used to automate cyber security tasks, freeing security professionals to focus on more complex problems.

However, AI can also be a tool for cybercriminals. Two examples are WormGPT or PoisonGPT. As part of the CaaS (Crime as a Service) model, these AI systems can generate malicious code or constructing in various languages perfect emails that can be used for phishing campaigns or in more surgical Spear Phishing attacks. AI algorithms can be used to carry out more sophisticated and harder-to-detect cyber-attacks.

For example, cybercriminals can use AI to automate phishing attacks, creating fake emails and websites that look legitimate, even targeting specific individuals. In addition, AI can be used to carry out predictive credential attacks, testing passwords based on a person's knowledge. It is also an element that is being used to effectively conduct disinformation campaigns. Fake news generation and orchestration to create the right impact can be delegated to AI systems.

Staying one step ahead of cybercriminals is essential

Therefore, as we embrace AI in cyber security, we must also be aware of the risks. We need to develop robust security strategies that consider both the opportunities and challenges presented by AI. This involves training cyber security professionals in the use of artificial intelligence, as well as implementing security measures to protect AI systems against misuse.

As we move into this new era of AI-driven cyber security, it is essential to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals. At Izertis, we are helping to maintain an adequate cyber defence, adapted to the level of risk that tries to optimise the cost-benefit ratio of investment in cybersecurity.