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AI or not, machine learning in cybersecurity advances
This article is part of the Information Security issue of March 2017, Vol. 19, No. 2
The logic around artificial intelligence is fuzzy. Some people might argue that the heuristic algorithms used in antivirus to recognize potential threats are artificial intelligence. Others got a glimmer of hope -- outside of the security field -- with the landmark success of AlphaGo. In 2016, the DeepMind software won four out of five matches of the complex Chinese Go board game when it out-strategized top professional player Lee Sedol. The win astounded viewers and saved Alphabet Group, which acquired the London-based DeepMind in 2014, a million dollars of prize money. While cognitive advances are clearly being made in numerous industries, information security -- which is in dire need of help -- remains a complex challenge. As companies promote AI and advanced machine learning in cybersecurity, CISOs need to ask some tough questions to get past the hype: Are these technologies bolted on to get investments as well as customers, or are they core to an innovative security platform that solves a business problem (too many alerts ...
Features in this issue
Advances in machine learning technology and artificial intelligence have proven to work well for some information security tasks such as malware detection. What's coming next?
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The threat of ransomware continues to evolve, with a new spin on extortionware, called doxware, that's designed to target and potentially expose sensitive data of ransomware victims.
Columns in this issue
As more companies promote machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies, chief information security officers need to ask some tough questions to get past the hype.
The financial fallout from ransomware involves more than bitcoins, one study found. Targeted companies invest in security technology and fear loss of reputation and customers.
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