So Now We Have to Worry About Artificially-Intelligent Cybercriminals?

Companies may now have to set their sights on defending against cybercriminals armed with artificial intelligence. Even as companies adopt AI to help fight cyberattacks, the criminals are also on the trail of enhanced machine-learning skills. Many cybersecurity companies are starting to invest or implement AI in their cybersecurity solutions and it is giving their security teams a significant boost, according to a recently released report commissioned by McAfee Labs.  However, usage of AI and machine-learning technologies aren’t limited to the good guys. Cybercriminals are starting to use these solutions to sift through large amounts of data to “classify victims that have weaker defenses” so they can get the maximum “return on their investment,” Steve Grobman, chief technology officer for McAfee Labs, told Bloomberg BNA.  Cybersecurity companies often look for innovative ways to stop hackers and cybercriminals from disrupting business continuity or stealing valuable intellectual property, sensitive data, and high-jacking systems for a ransom. One only has to look to the recent international Petya and WannaCry ransomware attacks that crippled thousands of computers for how far cybercriminals will go to get their bounty.  Humans and machines must work together to create better cybersecurity protections as it can be a “game…

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