More than 70% of the world’s companies believe that their information security departments have made tools based on artificial intelligence stronger, states CNews. In these organizations, AI handles 55% of the daily tasks associated with cybersecurity. Such data are contained in the WhiteHat Security report, compiled from a survey of hundreds of security professionals at the RSA 2020 specialized conference.
At the same time, 60% of corporations so far prefer a hybrid model in which the conclusions of artificial intelligence are cross-checked by company employees, specifies NIX Solutions. But even so, employees of most enterprises (65%) were able to devote much more time and attention to the prevention of cyber attacks and various preventive measures.
“In a growing landscape of cyberthreats, organizations should combine AI and the human factor to enable continuous risk assessment with proven results,” said Anthony Bettini, Whitehat Security CTO.
Information Security Industry Still Feels Staff Hunger
WhiteHat Security analysts concluded that the development and increase in the number of cyber threats against the background of a gap in technical talents for the extremely high demand for artificial intelligence and machine learning tools in the practice of information security departments. This is confirmed by an acute shortage of personnel for security departments: almost half of the respondents (45%) consider their companies to be insufficiently staffed by competent information security officers.
In addition, in two of the five companies, after the introduction of tools based on artificial intelligence and machine learning, they noted a sharp decrease in the level of tension among employees providing cybersecurity.
“The ability of AI systems to take on many of the routine tasks that people have previously performed will significantly reduce the growing gap in cybersecurity skills. The transfer of responsibility to autonomous self-learning systems that are capable of real-time search, detection and response to information security events will allow employees of information security departments to focus on applying their unique skills to solve strategic tasks of a higher level. This will be crucial, as organizations transitioning to implementing advanced network security strategies can achieve significant success in the digital market of the future,” concludes Mikhail Rodionov, head of Fortinet’s representative office in Russia and Kazakhstan.