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Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity: Attacking and Defending

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Cybersecurity is a manpower constrained market – therefore, the opportunities for artificial intelligence (AI) automation are vast. Frequently, AI is used to make certain defensive aspects of cyber security more wide reaching and effective. Combating spam and detecting malware are prime examples. On the opposite side, there are many incentives to use AI when attempting to attack vulnerable systems belonging to others. These incentives include the speed of attack, low costs and difficulties attracting skilled staff in an already constrained environment.

Current research in the public domain is limited to white hat hackers employing machine learning to identify vulnerabilities and suggest fixes. At the speed AI is developing, however, it won’t be long before we see attackers using these capabilities on a mass scale, if they don’t already.

How do we know for sure? The fact is that it is quite hard to attribute a botnet or a phishing campaign to AI rather than a human....(continued)

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