Cyberattack Prevention Requires AI and Humans to Work Together

 Cyber attacks have been on the rise for quite some time now, but in spite of the fact that this is the case, not all that much has been done to make it so that they can become a thing of the past. Systems of security that have been put in place which cost millions of dollars on average can be easily circumvented by social engineering attacks and the like. Malicious actors can even use phone calls to trick people into giving them access to all of their systems.

At the recent Fal.Con 2023 conference by CrowdStrike, it was suggested that neither humans nor AI can fight this battle alone. While AI can boost telemetry and allow for the crunching of numbers at a far faster pace than might have been the case otherwise, it won’t be able to protect against a majority of cyberattacks until and unless some human insight is added to the equation.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that threat actors are improving their ability to surpass security protocols at a rate that is faster than the rate of improvement of the protocols themselves. Some are going so far as to say that these malicious actors have a deeper understanding of cybersecurity systems than the very engineers that built them with all things having been considered and taken into account.

There is already an example of this that can be seen in the real world. In the southwestern US, hackers managed to get their hands on log in credentials that gave them access to critical infrastructure. The Falcon XDR platform offered by CrowdStrike combined with Overwatch Elite kept a close eye on all of the systems. As a result, the activity was identified, and human agents were able to stop the attack in its tracks.

This just goes to show that combining AI with human insight can create better outcomes. This issue was resolved in a matter of four hours, and it will be interesting to see how much progress can be made in coming years.

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