Leadership Brief

Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity

Artificial Intelligence remains the hottest buzzword in almost every segment of the IT industry nowadays, and not without reason. The very idea of teaching a machine to mimic the way humans think (but much, much quicker) without the need to develop millions of complex rules sounds amazing: instead, machine learning models are simply trained by feeding them with large amounts of carefully selected data. However, should we really expect AI to replace human analysts in the field of cybersecurity anytime soon?

Alexei Balaganski

ab@kuppingercole.com

1 Executive Summary

As companies go through the digital transformation, they are facing new challenges: growing complexity of their IT infrastructures, massive amounts of sensitive data spread across multiple clouds, and the increasing shortage of skilled people to deal with them. Even large businesses with strong security teams cannot keep up with the latest cybersecurity risks.

Looking at various truly amazing AI applications across various industries, some customers tend to believe that sooner or later AIs are going to replace humans completely, at least in some less creative jobs.

Having AI as potential replacement for overworked security experts to ensure that threats and breaches are detected and mitigated in real time without any manual forensic analysis and decision-making – that would be awesome, wouldn’t it? Alas, people waiting for solutions like that need a reality check.

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