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November 2020, Vol. 21, No. 4

AI in cybersecurity ups your odds against persistent threats

At the start of 2020, the cybersecurity landscape was already complicated: Deepfake videos using synthetic identities to commit fraud. Widespread business use of IoT devices creating a much larger attack surface for cybercriminals. Automated credential stuffing and brute-force attacks constantly generating access-based threats to accounts. Ransomware and phishing attacks on the rise. Nation-states threatening intellectual property. Then came a pandemic that forced millions of workers to become remote employees overnight, driving companies to shift their cybersecurity focus far beyond their own networks. Securing the remote workforce immediately became the No. 1 priority for CISOs and infosec pros. Remote employees working on personal networks were only left more vulnerable to phishing and other attacks that were already huge problems before most people were working from home. Reactive cybersecurity is no longer enough to protect sensitive data. In an era where even attacks are automated, infosec is fighting fire with fire and ...

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