AI IN CYBER-SECURITY: Is Artificial Intelligence the ‘Key’ to a Safe Digital World?

The next time you step out of your safe havens of work or home, take a look at the uniformed personnel standing at the gates, perhaps greeting you with a wave or salute as you enter or exit the place. How important is security in our day-to-day life? Would you be reveling in your comfortable space if not for the guards outside protecting it day in and day out?

Now, the next time you switch on your laptop or computer, make a note of the number of times you had to enter passwords and/or apply bio-metrics – right from unlocking your device to opening your email account and signing into Facebook and LinkedIn. Would you rest assured if not for these passwords and other bio-metric techniques to ensure online safety? That’s why security isn’t just an offline thing – we also need guards to protect the online world and prevent cyber crime. The recent cyber-attacks on Wipro further suggests that cyber-security is the need of the hour.

While human intelligence functions at different levels – from security persons to the police force and CBI – to ensure offline safety and security, our very own Artificial Intelligence can serve as an extremely reliable means to safeguard the world on the other side of the screen. We’re back with a blog; and today, it’s time to look at the integral role of AI in cyber-security:

1. DATA DATA EVERYWHERE, BUT HOW MUCH OF IT IS SECURE?

Wherever there’s gathering of information and research involved, there’s always a threat of data accumulation. And wading through such massive amounts of data can be painfully time-consuming. Added to this is the extra effort exerted while storing and retrieving the already gathered data. All of these aspects associated with data handling make it a herculean task. In such a scenario, if employees have to also manually ensure that there is no security breach or malicious data in the database, it becomes doubly tedious and error-prone. And so, AI systems can help to scan through the data and successfully detect any security issues in the same.

2. ‘CAUSE FINGERPRINTS DON’T LIE!

Passwords can be cracked and systems hacked, but can one’s fingerprints and retina be manipulated? Certainly not. And that’s why we find the bio-metrical systems cool! The world today boasts of unprecedented technical advancement. Consequently, safety and security is the need of the hour at every level.

While strong passwords can be good gatekeepers, hackers often manage to find foolproof techniques to break into password-protected systems. With AI and bio-metrics, technology has been customized to include fingerprint and palm-print detectors and retina scanners. AI technology can scan and store the rightful user’s fingerprints, thumb-prints, retina etc. in the system’s database. Then, each time a person seeks access to the software, a fingerprint, palm-print or eye scan is carried out and the current user’s bio-metrics is compared with those of the rightful user. It is only when the two elements match that the user is granted access to the system. Quite an idea, isn’t it?

3. “UNUSUAL LOG IN ACTIVITY! WAS THAT YOU?”

When was the last time you logged into your email ID from a different device and received this alert mail? In all probability, this may have occurred not very long ago with each of us. And as long as it is the rightful user who has logged in from a different device, these alert mails may be safely ignored or deleted. However, the nightmarish situation actually arises when you discover that it is indeed a different user from an alien device who has logged in to your ID! And that’s where AI comes to your immediate rescue. With the AI technology, one can receive immediate alerts regarding any unusual log in activities, and then work on instant recovery.

 4. IS YOUR PRIMARY INBOX DEVOID OF SPAM? YOU NEED TO THANK AI FOR IT…

Spam emails containing viruses and other malicious content are the primary means for hackers to hijack email accounts and devices. Often, it becomes extremely difficult for users to identify spam mails, as these often contain sophisticated subject lines and seemingly genuine addresses. But AI can help to detect and segregate these spam emails with ease. It can ensure that the it doesn’t classify the really genuine ones into the purview of suspicion.

5. A MUCH-NEEDED BREATHER FOR CYBER-SECURITY PROFESSIONALS!

There’s definitely a big bad world out there even on the other side of the screen, and the demand for cyber-security professionals is higher than ever before. Plotting effective strategies to prevent cyber-attacks and providing recovery solutions to counter those that have already taken place is definitely not a piece of cake, and not only requires a sound understanding of coding and back-end software processes, but also extreme vigilance. But monotonous tasks like manually segregating malicious data from the secure ones can bog down the cyber professionals. Artificial Intelligence can help to provide them with a much-needed breather, which allows them to carry out more productive activities instead of limiting themselves to repetitive ones.

Artificial Intelligence is certainly not the be-all end-all of cyber-security. Despite ensuring high security to the best extent, software systems are still not beyond the reach of cyber crime. And so, it’s important for AI to work in tandem with humans to ensure a safer and more secure online world.

SOURCES:

  1. First Post
  2. Paladion
  3. Forbes

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