task, and so leveraging AI to augment and force multiple security
capabilities is increasingly valuable.
Appropriately trained AI goes beyond simply looking for statistical
anomalies, by distinguishing between benign and threatening digital
behaviour. AI powered security automation is the rational response
to today’s rapidly diversifying threat landscape and ever-expanding
By automating time-consuming attacker detection and response
duties, skilled analysts can focus on prevention and remediation,
making the threat hunting process more efficient and effective.
Another benefit of using AI has to do with resource constraints.
There are over one million cybersecurity jobs left open worldwide and
twice the number of open positions than there are certified security
professionals to fill jobs mandating certifications such as Certified
Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
The skills shortage plaguing the cybersecurity workforce is one
of the biggest threats to the enterprise, as it restricts the ability
to respond to cyberattacks quickly and efficiently. Faced with a
multitude of unfilled positions, as well as the challenge of retaining
top talent, security leaders must look inwards and launch new
strategies to overcome the persistent shortage of human capital
holding it back.
I is increasingly becoming a
fundamental tool in reducing risk
and helping organisations improve
their cybersecurity capabilities. The velocity
and diversity of cyberattacks is growing
at lightning speed. According to the 2019
M-Trends report, it takes a median of 177
days in EMEA before a breach is detected, the
majority of which are only discovered through
a notification from an external party.
As a consequence, Chief Information Security
Officers (CISOs) are realising that they need
to focus on rapid and effective detection
and response to cyber-attacks. But manual
threat hunting simply can’t scale or perform
in a timely manner against this gargantuan
The use of AI can address this cybersecurity skills gap by helping
to increase the number of qualified cybersecurity professionals. AI
lowers the technical barriers of entry into the profession and allows
less trained individuals to still be effective on
the front lines of the cybersecurity battle.
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In addition, AI will allow existing cybersecurity
professionals to move up-market by
leveraging AI to find more complex attack
scenarios before they do significant damage.
When acquiring new cybersecurity analysts,
enterprises will be increasingly turning
towards AI for help.
The experience of fighting yesterday’s
battles doesn’t prepare us well for
tomorrow’s cyber-wars, that’s why
augmenting human capabilities with AI
is making a tangible difference in the risk
management and resolution of ‘unknown
unknowns’ – cyberthreats.