Businesses are looking to artificial intelligence (AI) to help defend against the next generation of cyberattacks, a new study shows.
Two thirds (69%) of organisations surveyed by Capgemini Research Institute acknowledge that they will not be able to respond to critical threats without AI. With the number of end-user devices, networks and user interfaces growing as a result of advances in the cloud, IoT, 5G and conversational interface technologies, there is an urgent need for businesses in every industry to enhance their cybersecurity.
Reinventing Cybersecurity with Artificial Intelligence found that cybersecurity analysts are becoming overwhelmed by the vast array of data points they need to monitor to detect and prevent intrusion. At the same time, attacks that require immediate intervention, or that cannot be remediated quickly enough by cyber analysts, have increased – including cyberattacks affecting time-sensitive applications and automated attacks that mutate at a pace that cannot be neutralised through traditional response systems.
Executives are accelerating the adoption of AI in cybersecurity and a clear majority accept that the technology is fundamental to the future of cybersecurity. For instance, 64% said it lowers the cost of detecting breaches and responding to them, 74% said it enables a faster response time and 69% said that AI improves the accuracy of detecting breaches.
Almost half (48%) expect their budgets for AI in cybersecurity to increase by nearly a third (29%) in the 2020 fiscal year. Three quarters (73%) are already testing use cases for AI in cybersecurity and 63% of organisations plan to deploy AI by 2020 to bolster their defences.
“AI offers huge opportunities for cybersecurity,” commented Oliver Scherer, CISO of consumer electronics retailer MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group. “This is because you move from detection, manual reaction and remediation towards an automated remediation, which organisations would like to achieve in the next three or five years.”
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