“Artificial intelligence” or “AI” is a word that has been generously splashed all over and is omnipresent in our lives today and yet most of us are hardly aware of it. From Siri to Alexa to spam filters to smart searches, AI is powering our lives and simplifying it wherever we go.
What is AI and how does AI work?
In simple terms, AI is a part of Computer Science that tries to simulate human intelligence in machines. Machine learning is a sub-topic of AI and is used along with AI or independently.
Considering ‘gmail’ as an example, have you ever wondered how regular unwanted email gets pushed into the “Spam” folders? One way “spam” can be detected is by making use of AI. By carefully studying hundreds and thousands of messages, the machine learns that the messages with certain “keywords” fall into “Spam”. In our example here, the machine is trained to be “artificially intelligent” to detect “spam”.
This type of learning is close to our learning process as well. The more we read, understand and comprehend – the more decisions we can take.
We can also see AI and ML(machine learning) powering the job sector with bots speaking to job seekers and helping them get an appropriate job.
“Cyber security” is a branch of study which is used to secure personal and business assets through various means and possibilities (like firewalls, VPNs, anti-virus definitions and more) It also involves studying different types of attacks and preventing them in addition to in-depth topics like phishing, ransomware, pen testing, vulnerability assessment and more.
This is a minimal list of cyber security duties –
The cyber security analyst is expected to read a lot of network data in traffic packets and understand the patterns and anomalies in them. This will enable them to detect threats early and sound the alarm for organizations to prevent breaches. Cyber security engineers also work to detect viruses by comparing new files against a signature list of virus definitions.
So, what happens when “cyber security” makes use of AI?
There are many ways where AI helps cyber security:
These are some ways that cyber security engineers can make use of AI. But it has be remembered that AI can be used by hackers and other miscreants for their own benefit too. It is up to cyber security professionals to keep ahead of the game and thwart them with appropriate techniques.
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