Is business a matter of security? Most likely not. However, security – or should we say trust – is a critical aspect of business. Without security, customers will begin to doubt, intellectual property will be stolen, reputations will be harmed, and trust will erode... all of which will inevitably have a negative impact on the business in the long run.
It's unsurprising that business and security are inextricably linked, even more so in today's era of massive digitalization. This cybersecurity component of business is much more than a pebble in the shoe that found its way to the executive table. Nonetheless, as critical as cyber is, it is viewed as a complex subject that is difficult to fully comprehend. Spending is increasing at a rapid clip, and demonstrating returns is difficult. Worse, as hackers become more professional, a feverish feeling is spreading.
In this febrile landscape, cybersecurity professionals are confronted with a variety of problems that they are unable to resolve, either due to their complexity or the volume of data they must ingest, correlate, and analyse. In some ways, it's comparable to sitting at a music mixing desk with hundreds of potentiometers to adjust dynamically – which one do you adjust first? To cut through the noise, it's only natural that cybersecurity practitioners investigate the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and attempt to leverage the technology's constantly improving computing capacity and new algorithms.
This section discusses how artificial intelligence can help us identify additional security flaws and protect our system from threats.