26 Apr 2022
There is an increasing trend in the development of new technologies that will have a significant impact on the way we live, work and communicate. The internet has become the primary means of communication between people and businesses, and this trend is only set to continue as more and more people get online. With the increase in the use of the internet comes a corresponding increase in security issues. As more and more people access the internet, hackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to gain access to information that they shouldn’t be able to see. In addition to these threats, there is also the threat of malicious software (malware) which can affect computers and the data stored on them.
In order to combat these threats, the internet needs to be protected from the inside out. This is where the role of artificial intelligence plays a part. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that deals with making machines that think like humans. It involves developing algorithms that can perform tasks based on rules that have been programmed into it. This technology has already been used for many years to help make machines work more efficiently, but it is now being applied to the protection of the internet. A common example of how AI is being applied to Cybersecurity is in the area of spam filtering. Spam filters are programs that analyze emails before they are sent. They are able to determine whether or not the email is spam by looking at its content and analyzing the headers and other information that is contained within it. These filters can then prevent the email from being sent to the inbox of the recipient.
How AI Is Helping Keep You Safe Online
Another example of how AI is being used to protect the internet is in the area of web browsing. When a user visits a website, the website’s server sends the browser a list of the pages that are available. This is done so that the user doesn’t have to wait for the whole site to load before they can start viewing it. However, if the server has been hacked, the hacker may be able to alter the list of pages that the browser receives. In order to counteract this problem, Google Chrome uses AI to detect websites that are potentially dangerous and block them from loading. For example, a website could contain malware that infects the computer and installs itself without the user’s knowledge. Google Chrome would detect this and block the site from loading.
There are many other ways that AI is being used to protect against cyber threats. One of the most promising AI-driven solutions is XDR technology. Extended Detection and Response is truly just that: a major extension of reach. The level of Telemetry depth is far more significant with AI than with Humans, as AI has the mysterious ability to process at speeds that are incomprehensible to Humans. This means that this AI-driven Cybersecurity solution can literally inspect every single data packet on a network and all its IoT-connected devices simultaneously. And arguably, seemingly instantaneously.
As threats like Cyberwar appear more and more imminent, having AI gaze deeply into the network and all of its endpoints is, from our viewpoint, completely necessary. Can a team of humans stop thousands of threats in a day? When we talk about scalability, we must agree that relying heavily on the abilities of AI is our most strategic pathway forward.
Your Cyber Defensive Strategy
The right XDR tool takes PROACTIVE action on behalf of the network, literally swatting threats down like flies. The more experience the tool gains, the deeper the degree of Machine Learning. Essentially, this means that even the sky is no limit here. There’s never been a more critical time to choose common sense than now, and in a unified manner the USA should decisively take action to unleash XDR tools throughout all critical infrastructure and the entire Defense Industrial Base (DIB)- and that’s just for starters.
If we are the United States of America, shouldn’t we jointly have a Cyber defensive strategy that empowers us to stand firmly against any threat, now or in the future? If we implement the same strategic tools throughout our collective Cyberspace, the Machine Learning that would result could potentially protect us from Cyberthreats that would have otherwise been catastrophic. If knowledge is power, then these AI-driven tools should be trained on all known Cyber threat intelligence, enabling them to study all of our networks in order to learn how best to defend our nation & people.
Any delay in this regard is contrary to the direction of forward progress and is an assault on the faculties of Logic & Reason.
*Article written in an AI / Human collaboration through emerging technologies & tools.