In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, all businesses- small, mid-sized, and enterprise businesses-often find themselves caught between the hope of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a security savior and the lurking dangers it presents since it rapidly seeped into the business landscape.
There’s a delicate balance between being empowered with cutting-edge AI solutions, while also understanding and safeguarding against the potential pitfalls that most companies must face when using them. Especially if they are utilizing security solutions that have AI embedded or enabled for their IT security.
Yes, there’s an increasing value to using AI to enhance your IT security measures, besides the obvious of time and money savings to your company. But there’s also some things you should be aware of when developing a plan around AI to prepare and protect your business, largely with the growing number of cyber-threats and other data privacy issues.
At TMG, we can help you navigate this delicate balance to get the results you want, and suggest considering both how AI can help you, as well as potentially how the lure of AI can possible harm your organization, when looking to build or strengthen your security infrastructure while still protecting the best-interest of your company.
The Pros – AI as a Security Guardian
AI has become a powerful tool in the fight against cyber threats. As we covered in our previous blog, it can help you detect, analyze, and respond to malicious attacks faster when you have a holistic plan around it.
Proactive Threat Detection:
AI’s prowess in threat detection is helping companies of all sizes, but it’s extremely helpful for small to mid-sized ones who are increasingly facing sophisticated cyber threats from hackers who are targeting them. With machine learning algorithms, AI can analyze vast datasets and identify patterns and anomalies that may escape the human eye of your IT Manager or team.
This real-time analysis that happens in a fraction of the time it would take humans to do. Most importantly, it allows for early detection of potential security breaches, enabling your business and IT team to not only thwart attacks, but also act quickly before irreparable damage occur, both financially and to your reputation.
Automated Incident Response:
We all either know, or have learned the hard way, incident response time is critical in the face of a security breach. AI can automate incident response procedures making it easier for you to stay on top of your cyber security needs.
Through predefined protocols, AI systems can swiftly isolate affected systems, contain the threat, and even apply necessary security measures such as patches. This not only minimizes the impact of an attack, but also ensures a consistent and rapid response, crucial in the dynamic and often complex world of cybersecurity.
User Authentication and Access Control:
AI contributes significantly to bolstering user authentication and access control mechanisms. Behavioral biometrics, for example, can analyze and recognize patterns in user behavior, enhancing the accuracy of identity verification.
This ensures that only authorized personnel gain access to your sensitive data and systems, diminishing the risk of unauthorized access and data breaches.
Scalability and Cost Savings:
When it comes to scalability, AI can automate those tedious security tasks. From a team-force perspective, this helps by taking away the tasks most likely weighing your team resources down. This either ultimately frees the team to focus and shift into other more pressing areas of your business, or for your company to not have to have as big of a team you might have needed previously.
AI solutions themselves are also easily scalable. The best method is to choose an organization that has deep security ties and on that can help you plan and build a strong security posture incorporating them, you can obtain additional protection without significant hardware or personnel costs.
Tap the experts at TMG to help you shift your strategy from reactive to proactive to protect your data and critical IT infrastructure to defend against increasing risks. By taking a comprehensive look at your business and emerging security trends that would benefit your unique business, we can help you take a forward-thinking approach that includes AI to predict potential security threats.
The Cons – AI Has Its Limitations
Just like anything in life and business, AI carries risks of its own. Despite its ability to analyze large data sets with lightning speed and appear like a superhero of sorts, AI also has some downfalls.
Although having AI solutions to aid you in your company security is definitely a pro, it’s also important to look and factor in the following cons. When you’re able to look at both sides of the coin, and plan accordingly, you’ll have a stronger posture and can mitigate the risks of solely relying on this technology. Experts like TMG can help you assess your current AI needs, factor in the good and potential short-comings, and help draw up a strategy that’s focused on preparing you for the future.
AI Has a Learning Curve:
It’s no secret, AI has a learning curve. It only knows what it knows based on the data inputs point it to, so in layman’s terms, what it has been programmed to search for! And it’s a notable danger understanding that while AI is a huge part of the security landscape now, it can only do so much…. And this is the big issue is that for it to “learn’ it must ‘see” the issue a few times before it can take any actions. The learning curve for organizations that utilize AI in their solutions involves understanding the intricacies of AI algorithms, then adapting them to specific business contexts, and ultimately fine-tuning them for optimal performance.
As we’ve said before, just one time is too many when it comes to a cyber-attack or massive security breach to your data and IT infrastructure due to AI needing to learn that it needs to react to a specific need. By fully understanding both the solution’s AI capabilities and limitations, TMG can help you plan for either underutilization or overreliance and help set up comprehensive training when it comes to updating and refining your AI solutions.
Bias and Discrimination in Decision-Making:
One of the most significant concerns associated with AI in cybersecurity is the potential for biased decision-making. Biases can originate from skewed data sets or algorithms lacking objectivity, leading to discriminatory outcomes. Biases in AI come from lopsided data or algorithms that don’t see the whole picture.
Let’s give an example… If an AI system processes biased inputs, it may generate false positives, blocking legitimate users and causing disruptions in productivity or customer satisfaction. The consequences of these types of errors can be severe. It’s important to be hyper-vigilant when it comes to the management of biases in AI systems and educate and train your team to monitor for them.
Security Concerns are Driving Bans:
There’s no debate that AI has taken the world by storm, especially the business world. And quickly. Because of this, large organizations throughout the world have their CISOs, CIOs, CEOs, VP’s, Directors, legal, finance and HR all pushing for major restrictions or bans due to fears. Remember, unsecured AI apps pose large-scale cybersecurity threats.
Additionally, every time you enter information into AI solutions or apps, you are putting yourself in the position of potentially sharing proprietary or confidential information. A leak of this type of information could be detrimental to your company, no matter how big or small. These security and privacy concerns are driving these bans and restrictions, until more is learned about AI and laws around its potential legal implications.
The Potential for Misuse or Abuse:
The big allure of AI is not only in its potential for good, but also in its attractiveness to protect against cybercriminals. As we covered in our previous blog, the bad guys can exploit AI algorithms to create new and sophisticated forms of malware, giving them the ability to develop targeted attacks quickly identifying vulnerabilities in your company’s infrastructure.
Robust security measures are a must, and TMG can help develop a customized plan based on the potential your company uniquely faces for misuse or abuse.
AI is Here to Stay – Here’s How to Plan Your Next Steps
Yes, AI has revolutionized the landscape of IT security. But its adoption comes with a set of its own challenges. You need expert to show you how to navigate the complexities of cybersecurity effectively, with a balanced approach.
TMG understands there needs to be a relationship between artificial intelligence and human intelligence to stay secure and compliant in today’s digitally driven world.
While AI brings many advanced capabilities to the table, human expertise is vital in interpreting, managing, and adapting AI systems.
Tap the experts at TMG to help your company balance the scales when it comes to harnessing the power of AI. Our experts can assemble a plan that considers the inherent risks, building the strong framework you need to get the results you want today, while also planning for the future. The time is now to construct a robust and resilient cybersecurity framework for the digital age.