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  • Writer's pictureJohn Dempsey

The Digital Sleuth: A Noir Tale of Man vs AI

The world is a dark and dangerous place, where cyber threats lurk around every corner. The latest November 2023 statistics were staggering - 2,200 attacks every day, with a new attack happening every 39 seconds on average. The cost of a data breach was enough to make your head spin - a whopping $9.44 million in the US alone. And the future is bleak, with cybercrime predicted to cost a staggering $8 trillion in 2023. It was a world where the bad guys were always one step ahead, using RMM tools and compromised credentials to evade detection.


But now, there's a new threat on the horizon. The FBI has warned that hackers are running wild with generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools like Chat GPT, quickly creating malicious code and launching cybercrime sprees that would have taken far more effort in the past. It seems the bad guys have taken a page from our book and are now using AI to their advantage.


We can't let the cyber criminals win. We must stay one step ahead of them. It's time to fight fire with fire. We need to use the tools at our disposal to protect ourselves and our businesses. And we must use AI to our advantage, to outsmart those hackers and ensure our future.


Unfortunately, Phillip Marlow isn’t around to save the day – not that when he was doing his sleuthing there were computers – stealing carbon copies out of trash cans was the type of breach of organizational security crimes of the day.


FBI Updating Trends


According to a senior FBI official (via Tom’s Hardware), “We expect over time as adoption and democratization of AI models continue, these trends will increase.”

Just as many in the United States are starting to explore how to use artificial intelligence to make their lives easier, U.S. adversaries and criminal gangs are moving forward with plans to exploit the technology at Americans’ expense. FBI Director Christopher Wray issued a recent warning telling a cybersecurity conference in September in Washington that artificial intelligence, or AI, “is ripe for potential abuses.” “Criminals and hostile foreign governments are already exploiting that technology,” Wray said, without sharing specifics. Wray said the FBI is working to identify and track those using AI to harm U.S. citizens but added that the bureau is being cautious about employing AI itself.

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Urgent Need for a Proactive Cybersecurity Approach

Companies need to Change. The field of cybersecurity has always been a reactive one, with cyber defense teams relying on historical attack data to spot threats when they occur. This approach has worked well in the past, but with the rise of sophisticated AI-powered attacks, it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to keep up.


Cyber criminals are constantly developing new and innovative ways to breach cybersecurity defenses, and traditional approaches to cybersecurity are no longer sufficient. Organizations need to look beyond historical attack data and adopt a more proactive approach to cybersecurity.


One way to do this is by using AI-powered tools to analyze large amounts of data in real-time and identify potential threats before they occur. Machine learning algorithms can be trained to identify patterns and anomalies in data that human analysts may miss, allowing companies to stay one step ahead of cyber-criminals.


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Educate Your Employees About Security Measures


Another approach is to adopt a more holistic approach to cybersecurity, focusing not just on technology but also on people and processes. Companies should educate their employees about good security practices, such as how to identify phishing emails and use secure passwords. They should also implement policies and procedures that ensure that their cybersecurity defenses are regularly reviewed and updated.


To effectively ensure cybersecurity, companies need to adopt a vigilant and proactive approach. This involves investing in the latest cybersecurity technologies and regularly reviewing and updating defenses to outpace cyber-criminals. By implementing the right strategies, sensitive data can be protected and cyber-criminals can be kept at bay.


Staying Ahead: The Key to Effective Cybersecurity


Enterprises must acknowledge the competition between themselves and next-generation hackers in utilizing AI to their advantage. Presently, only 28% of organizations extensively employ security AI. As the number of threats powered by and targeting AI platforms continues to rise, IT and security teams need to leverage the benefits of integrating this technology into their security stacks. By doing so, they can enhance their ability to stay ahead of the emerging threats posed by malicious actors.


In the race against cyber criminals, staying ahead is the key to effective cybersecurity. Companies must invest in cutting-edge technologies and constantly update their defenses to outsmart the ever-evolving threats. By embracing the power of AI, organizations can gain an edge over next-generation hackers. Surprisingly, only 28% of businesses extensively use security AI. It's time for IT and security teams to harness the benefits of integrating AI into their security stacks. Let's outpace the bad guys and protect sensitive data like never before.



 

 




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