Outsmarting the Smart Machines: The AI Cybersecurity Battle Heats Up

Raluca Saceanu, CEO of Smarttech247
Raluca Saceanu, CEO of Smarttech247

As cyber threats become more advanced, artificial intelligence is playing a crucial role in the evolution of cybersecurity, writes John Smith. Companies like Smarttech247 are using AI-powered platforms to detect and respond to attacks faster than ever before. 

In the ever-changing landscape of the cybersecurity industry, Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) often takes a sinister spotlight.

When it comes to cyber attacks, criminals often leverage generative AI to craft persuasive phishing attempts or manipulate algorithms to evade detection. Just recently, the UK government’s National Cyber Security Centre warned of the risks that AI posed to the integrity of electoral processes, and the industry as a whole is seeing an increase in the malicious use of AI.

Generative AI (“Gen AI”) encompasses advanced AI systems that exhibit unprecedented capabilities, often outpacing traditional cybersecurity measures. One notable instance is the advent of WormGPT, a sophisticated AI-driven malware that can autonomously spread across networks, adapt to defences, and elude conventional detection methods.GenAI poses a formidable challenge as its self-learning capabilities enable rapid evolution, making it inherently difficult for static cybersecurity measures to keep pace. Traditional models that once relied on predefined patterns struggle to adapt and this amplifies the need for cybersecurity solutions that not only leverage AI, but also evolve at a comparable speed to counteract emerging threats.

An essential part of a successful cybersecurity business model is to ensure that its platforms and systems are innovating much faster than its adversaries. In this case, AI plays a leading role in accelerating advancements in cybersecurity, specifically AI-driven threat detection and response, which can enable the industry to create solutions for analysing seemingly insurmountable volumes of data in real-time.

An example of this can be seen in the AI-powered threat detection and response platform VisionX from Smarttech247, the London-listed provider of AI-enhanced cybersecurity services.Its flagship VisionX platform is a cutting-edge managed detection and response (“MDR”) platform which provides around-the-clock security orchestration, rapid incident response, and monitoring capabilities.

This advanced MDR platform delivers holistic solutions encompassing not only threat detection and vulnerability management, but also elevates itself through AI-driven real-time monitoring and analysis of security events.

In IBM’s 2023 Cost of a Data Breach report, it was reported that it takes roughly 200 days for the average business to identify and report a data breach. By utilising AI, Smarttech247’s VisionX platform not only instantly recognises data breaches, but has proactive prevention capabilities, providing 24/7 monitoring and incident response services to ensure that any threats are detected and remediated almost immediately. It accurately executes targeted actions to contain and mitigate threats, markedly diminishing reliance on manual intervention and reducing response times. It’s a game-changer in the industry, providing a variety of clients with proactive and adaptive cybersecurity protection.

AutoNation, a client of Smarttech247’s and the largest automotive retailer in the USA, needed a cybersecurity provider who could offer detection and response capabilities whilst addressing incidents faster. Using Smarttech247’s VisionX solution, AutoNation was able to significantly reduce cyber risk using advanced automated filtering to reduce false positives and improve mean time to detect (MTTD) and mean time to respond (MTTR) to cyber risks.

While AI is a pivotal tool in cybersecurity, human interaction also remains indispensable. The symbiotic relationship between AI and human intelligence should not be understated, as AI accelerates analysis and response, while human intuition and contextual understanding refine the decision-making process. Only through this collaboration can the cybersecurity industry ensure a resilient defence against the ever-evolving cyber threat landscape.

As cyber threats become more sophisticated, the role of AI in cybersecurity is becoming increasingly vital. By harnessing the power of machine learning, analytics, and automated response mechanisms, cybersecurity companies, such as Smarttech247, are better equipped to protect businesses from cybercrime.

 

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