AI and It's Vulnerabilities | Proactive Cybersecurity | The Cyber Review

October 25, 2021
Written by Farah

Cybersecurity blind spot: AI’s inherent vulnerabilities

Today’s software security practices are fundamentally blind to the challenges AI's vulnerabilities create.

Embracing zero trust

Having good security practices and implementing risk-based access controls ensures that there is limited access into the network to minimize single points of failure.  The zero-trust security assumes that a breach has likely already occurred, so it constantly limits access to only what is needed and looks for usual malicious activity. Everyone should have access in the beginning so no frequent access is a requirement to all the available data to solve the problem at hand. Zero-trust does not fit in the environment where users building AI systems actively require access to voluminous amounts of data. Zero trust works for applications and production-ready AI models but not for training AI.

A new kind of supply chain

Systems have an issue with supply chains since these systems are complex, and it can be easy to hide vulnerabilities. That's why the importance of supply chain management is included.  Many people do not focus on software security as an important part which creates new cybersecurity vulnerabilities and challenges. In AI, it is to focus on the data. Knowing where the data came from, how it has been accessed and focus on tracking access and to monitor for and address these evolving vulnerabilities. To ensure that both software and AI are secure, organizations must add layers of protection to track and keep the data safe.

A new kind of scale - and urgency

As Al has become a part of the digital world even more, cybersecurity vulnerabilities are likely to grow leading to many threats, unsecure data and breaches affecting the business. These vulnerabilities will scale in proportion to the data the AI systems are trained for, which means the threats will grow according to the system and the system can handle. But Al being part of the world will give many opportunities for innovation. Benefits from a new type of strategy of intelligence.  Even though in the future, the increased amount of new technology will create new insecurities that will grow faster but having the strategies is important. Cyber security should be taken seriously and businesses must understand and make it their first priority to address how AI creates and address these vulnerabilities.

The Pros and Cons of Enlisting AI for Cybersecurity

Over the years, AI has become an essential part of cybersecurity measures. It can predict attacks and help to create better security that could decrease cyberattacks. AI can provide monitoring and security threat detection. AI cybersecurity solutions can react faster to cybersecurity threats and help cybersecurity professionals to focus on more critical tasks. 

Advantages of AI in Cybersecurity

The ability to process large volumes of data: AI in cybersecurity helps organizations process large amounts of data more efficiently. AI automates and can detect a wide range of cybersecurity threats through emails, websites or shared files. 

Greater adaptability: AI can easily understand many IT trends and make changes according to the data. AI in this field helps cybersecurity professionals to detect and easily solve malicious network behaviors quickly. 

AI offers a complete, real-time cybersecurity solution: Al provides monitoring the business which is necessary to detect all types of cyber threats and data network security breaches. AI cybersecurity solutions provide a detailed detection of cyber threats making them a reliable choice for the businesses. 

The Drawbacks and Challenges of AI in Cybersecurity

AI also has disadvantages and challenges. Knowing about them will help the businesses to have more sophisticated cybersecurity systems and strategies.

AI benefits hackers

AI can also benefit hackers. In addition, AI can also help hackers effectively explore the vulnerabilities in a data network or a computer system so they can attack.

The breach of privacy

In breach of privacy, these devices can transfer the sensitive data to third-party vendors which could be misused or stolen which violates the privacy of the vendor and the business.

More data, more problems

More data leads to more problems for the business. But investing sensitive data with third-party vendors could lead to privacy violations.

What Is Proactive Cybersecurity? 

All businesses have different strategies on how to react to an attack. Some might do certain things once an attack happens or after an attack is done. A proactive cybersecurity strategy is about acting before any attack occurs.

Proactive Versus Reactive and Active Review

A proactive approach helps with all the new threats, new tools and new ideas, updates just like the training procedure should always be reviewed and added new tools for cybersecurity awareness and employees should be given the best training possible for their protection. 

Ethical Hacking

For attacking is not a good idea, businesses should be prepared and look out for vulnerabilities and defensive weaknesses. Hiring an ethical hacker can help the business to figure out the vulnerabilities because they use same methods and tools as malicious attackers.

Automate Intelligence

Intelligent software looks out for breaches and odd behavior in the system and weakness that could lead to an attack and compromise the network. Automated intelligence tools help with all the insight of what is happening in the system and how to react to an unusual activity.

Zero Trust

The proactive approach can help the company prepare for an attack before it happens. This proactive approach through the zero trust model since many employers are working remotely and they use equipment that might not have proper security. 

Proactive Versus Reactive in Endpoint Monitoring

Proactive security helps with monitoring which is important since the increase amount of devices and networks, cloud infrastructure and remote work devices it’s more important than ever.