How AI can be used in Cybersecurity

Education Technology Insights | Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Cybercrime is a huge business that uses sophisticated technology to make a profit. Artificial intelligence is providing solutions to almost all segments of our daily lives like healthcare, smart cities, defense, education, transport, cybersecurity etc. Cybersecurity protects software infrastructure from cybercriminal threats but AI can be used by cybercriminals to search vulnerabilities and attack also. Attackers can also enlist AI techniques to supercharge criminal activities. Attackers might attempt to hijack artificial intelligence by tampering the information in datasets or the physical environment. This is called adversarial machine learning where data has been modified to trick a neural network and fool systems to misclassifying objects entirely. A few factors which can affect cybersecurity in near future are

Cybersecurity is more important than ever

With a continuously growing number of IoT devices, it is expected that every person might own more than six interconnected devices. This will provide wide opportunities for criminals to attack.

AI to protect

Anything connected to the internet can be targeted by a cybercriminal. AI equipped IT infrastructure, detects malware on the network, create a response, and detect intrusions even before they happen. AI security systems learn more with time. AI offers organizations protection by automating complex processes for recognizing hacks, investigating attacks, and addressing security breaches.

Monitor Usage

Cloud platforms offer monitoring capabilities that can reduce the risk of malicious resources. IT staff should be explained about cloud security as part of any cybersecurity awareness training provided to district employees.

Use a Secure Runtime Monitor In case of attack, the runtime monitor ensures that the attacker can’t identify your data. If IT community becomes more aware of resources and at monitoring them, criminals won’t be able to steal.


 5G adoption will increase the attack area in the future. Attackers may even exploit home-based Wi-Fi routers and poorly secured IoT devices. The attacker may replace a legitimate software update with malicious content; any user receiving the update will get their computer infected.       

Check out: Cyber Security Review Magazine

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