Artificial Intelligence in the cyber security industry is constantly advancing, with a number of security solutions in-development. This is great news, although it is news which is tempered by the fact that there are those among us who will undoubtedly use AI for nefarious purposes…
A little over 22 years ago, our world changed immeasurably when the Russians destroyed the US and the machines took control. We, the people, survived in clusters, with those of us possessing enough ingenuity leading the cyber-battle and taking down HKs with little more than outmoded computers and ageing weaponry.
We were no match for the machines and they were fully aware of it, fully aware of everything, and though we continue to defy them in pockets, it is only a matter of time before the events that initially unfurled on August 29th 1997 at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, finally lay claim to all of humanity.
This is of course, not true. Skynet became self-aware only in the movies, but you’ve got to love Terminator 2. What is true is that AI simply isn’t the threat that James Cameron made it out to be all those years ago… Or is it?
Perhaps not in the same manner as depicted in Cameron’s marvellous one-two punch of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, but Artificial Intelligence is most definitely something that can and will be used as a major threat in cyber security.
Think about it; hackers such as those portrayed in Mr. Robot are human beings. They need to eat, drink, sleep and take breaks in between hacks in the way that an AI-based ‘life’ form would not.
Machine learning is a particular threat that could be used to extremely harmful effect, potentially injecting much higher efficiency into attacks and enabling them to occur at ‘machine speeds’ rather than being driven in a ‘human time frame’ – scary stuff.
Even scarier perhaps is the idea that despite knowing AI could be used to devastating effect, this will have no impact upon its continued development. And rightly so.
So, what can you do to ensure that AI will be hard-pressed to harm your IT system?
We asked our very own Patrick Carolan, who had this to say:
“Terminator 2 is a fun movie but the threat in it only works on a metaphorical level! AI is definitely one to keep an eye on if you are involved in cyber security, there’s some fascinating work being done in that area and the possibilities are almost endless. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a double-edged sword because it will definitely be used by cyber criminals as they try to devise ever-more weapons against us. Not lasers of course but they’ll be able to cause serious damage so it is imperative that you make sure you have a high level of cyber resilience in place.
Here at CRIBB Cyber Security, part of theICEway, we have a number of services, products and solutions designed to help clients gauge their level of resilience:
- A technical review service
- A data protection review service
- A PCI DSS review service
You will find all of these listed in our brand new 2020 Service Catalogue, which has all the tools and more you will need to ingrain cyber security deep inside your business, ensuring you are fully prepared.”
August 29th 1997 – The fictional date for “Judgement Day” in the motion picture Terminator 2.
Skynet – The fictional artificial intelligence system in the Terminator franchise, Skynet serves as the primary antagonist.
Mr. Robot – A drama / thriller television show essentially based on a central character who is a cyber security engineer by day and a hacker by night.
Machine learning – Essentially the scientific study of statistical models and algorithms used within computer systems to perform tasks without instruction. Seen as a subset of AI, machine learning relies on inference and patterns instead.