When it comes to technology, artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic. As more designers and programmers integrate AI into their online platforms, it’s clear that AIs are more than just science fiction. In fact, using artificial intelligence is well on its way to becoming a standard practice.
One of the many industries interested in advancing AI to enhance its tech is cybersecurity. For some, AI programs offer exciting capabilities that reinvent what users expect from security services.
What Is AI?
We all know about artificial intelligence in comics and movies, but how does reality compare to science fiction? Although there aren’t many AI androids out there that can seamlessly recreate human interactions, we may not be too far away.
As the name suggests, artificial intelligence is a series of programs that aim to simulate human intelligence. These programs use complex algorithms and powerful machines to mimic the critical thinking part of the human mind.
Skills like problem-solving and decision-making are particular tasks AI programs try to emulate. Of course, AI does not always look like the media portrays it. There are already tons of jobs performed by AIs that may surprise you.
Additionally, some programmers make AI specifically designed to perform artistic activities, such as painting or writing.
How Is AI Used in Cybersecurity?
Depending on the programmer, and their approach, there are many ways to use artificial intelligence. Some of the most popular include:
Reporting Strange Behavior
These days, fraud detection is something you’ll find included with most online accounts. That’s because it’s not difficult for traditional programs to recognize when certain activities deviate from normal account usage.
For example, you may notice when you log in to an account from abroad or try to make a substantial purchase, you’ll need to verify your identity. Otherwise, your account may lock you out.
Using unique learning algorithms, however, AIs identify these abnormalities with higher reliability than a human could. In addition, they can use datasets to make more accurate predictions that don’t require noticeable suspicious changes (like large purchases or changes in IP address).
Artificial intelligence may also recognize when someone hacks an account and engages in malicious activities. For example, we all know someone who’s had their social media account hijacked. These attacks frequently spam virus-infected links or phishing emails to rob your contacts of information.
AI programs can help block these assaults from sending links to friends and automatically suspend user accounts until they are fixed.
You may also notice that sending links to illegal streaming sites is difficult under certain messaging platforms. Popular services like Facebook Messenger flat out refuse to deliver sketchy links to recipients. AI helps detect these links.
Cybersecurity is more than dealing with human accounts, though. Bots are a severe security problem plaguing many online platforms.
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