Generative AI: A Double-Edged Sword for Business Security

Cyber Security, Newsletter

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the world of cyber security, but it comes with both benefits and drawbacks. While it offers businesses improved protection against cyber threats, it also equips cyber criminals with advanced tools for launching sophisticated attacks.

Generative AI, such as ChatGPT, Microsoft Bing, and Google Bard, allows malicious actors to develop innovative attack strategies and stay ahead of traditional cyber security measures. They can automate attacks, scan for vulnerabilities, and create content that appeals to various regions and demographics, thus expanding their reach. One example of this is the use of AI-generated text in highly personalised phishing emails, making them more likely to deceive recipients.

On the other hand, advanced AI technology is also being harnessed to combat these threats. AI-powered tools like Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) proactively monitor for suspicious or malicious activity, helping to block attacks before they begin. Additionally, AI can be used to monitor emails for phishing attacks and detect leaked sensitive information on the dark web.

While AI has the potential to defend against emerging cyber security threats, it also introduces new risks. Machines with high processing capabilities can hack systems more rapidly and effectively than humans. To counter these threats, AI must be used defensively, with a focus on understanding who is in control. This includes employing tools such as EDR and ensuring human involvement in decision-making.

As AI becomes more prevalent, it is crucial for lawmakers, judges, and other decision-makers to understand the technology and its implications. Forming strong partnerships between technical experts and policymakers is essential for navigating the future of AI in cyber security. Addressing ethical challenges, such as guaranteeing unbiased AI models, requires vigilance, collaboration, and a clear comprehension of the technology in order to tackle potential long-term threats posed by highly intelligent machines.

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