Future Of Artificial Intelligence – Expert Opinions

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Future Of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is not a new concept for the people. Machine learning and robots were infused into our lives years ago but the hype of artificial intelligence today, is extra-ordinary. Whether it is an upcoming AI technology or a new perspective of it’s on the society.

It is still obscure that what will be the potential impacts of these technologies on different platforms in which organizational implementation of AI is most highlighted. People are still confused on the idea especially when it comes to the recruitment of these machinery.

We have seen vastly differentiating concepts and opinions between the individuals regarding the artificial intelligence. However, all of the views are presented on contrasting target areas and with unlike circumstance. Here we have gathered some expert opinions from the individuals who are directly linked to AI and are actively participating in such events.

Artificial Intelligence will also be used by cybercriminals and nation-states to identify software and network vulnerabilities and to launch cyberattacks.

Duane Baker, Independent IT consultant

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Duane Baker“AI could have both negative and positive impact.
Says Duane Baker

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming a vital component in threat intelligence and cyberdefense systems. The proliferation of data makes the use of AI components to augment humans in cybersecurity functions a necessity. While AI will be useful in this manner, it will also be used by cybercriminals and nation-states to identify software and network vulnerabilities and to launch cyberattacks. Because both good and bad actors will have access to AI, it is likely only to raise the level of severity of successful cyberattacks.

Artificial Intelligence still needs time to be totally responsive.
Says Brian Honan Founder & Head of Ireland’s CSIRT (Computer Security Incident Response Team)

Brian_Honan InfoSec Consultant“Artificial Intelligence offers a lot of advantages to cyber security. However, the technology is still far from being mature with the term artificial intelligence being abused by many in the industry. We need to be wary of vendors promising their solution uses Artificial Intelligence when all they offer are simply automated scripts to process large amounts of data. To be truly intelligent systems need to process and make decisions based on the data and the situational circumstances at that particular time. For the foreseeable future I don’t see AI replacing humans in the security process but rather taking over some of the more mundane tasks to enable humans focus on the more important aspects of security”
Brian Honan

Assuming Business future with AI makes one curious. 
Says David Bisson Infosec journalist | Contributing Editor @gcluley@TripwireInc

David Bisson“Companies are embracing artificial intelligence and machine learning to meet their digital security requirements in response to a (some say “perceived”) lack of skilled human personnel. Assuming this trend continues, I’ll be curious to see what security looks like in the next 5-10 years. What functions will human IT security analysts perform in the future?”
David Bisson

AI could prove to be a financial imbalance.
Says Trip Elix Speaker/Author, Personal Security Expert. Security Consultant at http://tripelix.com 

Trip Elix

“The coming of AI to the human form will prove to be financially devastating for humans until such time as the state puts in limits. Imagine bartering with yourself for goods that you are attractive but are outside of what you can afford. AI will favor who controls the computer with (which) will counter the logic of need.”
Trip Elix

Artificial Intelligence could be an effective solution to manage huge data sets.
Says Ratan Jyoti, a social media influencer and Chief Information Security Officer of Ujjivan Small Finance Bank.

Ratan JyotiToday the cyber attack surface has expanded significantly and is further ballooning and becoming wider and deeper. The same is adding tremendous pressure on resources (including human) and time to manage the volume, velocity and variety of huge amount of data thus generated. Traditional methods to manage these huge data sets are not enough and the Artificial Intelligence (AI) could help to normalize these data sets and bringing Business Context out of these.

In my view it would be incorrect to say that AI can automate the Cyber Security decision making but AI and Machine learning will certainly reduce time-to-remediation and help organization in saving time to protect against Cyber attacks. Behavior profiling and detecting unknown will be the area where AI and machine learning will contribute. Suitable Cyber security Strategy to use AI and Machine Learning will be the key.

AI enabled bad actors will be a major challenge to Cybersecurity.
Ratan Jyoti

Companies are moving towards AI to overcome the growing demand of cybersecurity experts. 
Says Scott Schober, Pres/CEO of BVS, Author of Hacked Again, Cybersecurity Expert 

“Over the last four years, the news headlines have been peppered with cyber breaches affecting pretty much every industry and person on the planet.  The greatest challenges facing companies is finding and retaining top cyber talent.  Millions of cyber security experts are needed over the next five years in every sector, yet there are very few experts to fill this surging demand.

To aid in finding talent companies turning toward artificial intelligence.  This is not a case of humans being replaced by robots, but rather artificial intelligence working in parallel with skilled experts.  Artificial intelligence can aid with predictive analytics that can quickly spot where potential attacks are formulating so they can be thwarted before they spread laterally throughout a company’s networks.  Humans can quickly suffer from cyber fatigue when analyzing vast amounts of data making it hard to decipher when something is truly

actionable.   Whereas AI can efficiently scan terabytes of ‘big data’ and sort while characterizing threats into bite size pieces so a cyber expert can quickly contain critical threats.   People and AI are a powerful combination that will effectively fight the growing cyber war and will certainly be a game changer.”
Scott Schober

AI will continue to enhance cyber security operations, says Bob Carver

“AI (or parts of AI) are already being utilized in cyber security operations and will continue to be utilized to greater degree over time. Machine learning and Deep Learning can be used to watch for anomalous activity on endpoints (malware/exploits/changes) traffic traversing local networks, the internet and look for patterns that tie all these activities all together. It will continue to get more difficult to attempt to perform all these activities manually and ultimately require most to utilize increasingly more and better technology in these areas, all based upon these technologies.” Bob Carver

For the development of AI, governments, academia and private companies should work together to invest in skills, technology and ethical framework. 
Says Carl Herberger,  Vice President of Security Solutions @Radware

“We are already facing a barrage of bad bots fighting good bots. Anyone responsible for network or application security in an organization will be seeing how automated cyber attacks have become – the black market for off the shelf attacks are starting to mature. Keeping up to date with the threats is harder for researchers and as the human brain simply can’t process information quickly enough to beat the bots so our only hope is to turn to AI.

The application of AI is an unknown so how does a country prepare for that scenario? How do you plan for the unthinkable? What would happen if AI was used to jam communication links, plunge cities into darkness, set oil rigs alight, destroy emergency services?

That’s why we should all take note of the warning and ensure that governments, academia and private companies work together to invest in skills, technology and ethical frameworks. If we don’t then we can’t ensure that the development of AI stays firmly in the domain of doing good. And if we fail in that then we fail mankind.”
Carl Herberger

Artificial Intelligence being the most discussed technological aspect has equally been vague in terms of its appropriate uses and limitations. Although the technology is at its ever reached high extreme but still it needs a couple of years for perfect accommodation into the society.

However, I hope that these expert opinions would have solved the tangled aspects of artificial intelligence to a greater extent.

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Zehra Ali is a Tech Reporter and Journalist. She has done her Masters in Mass Communication. Topics related to cybersecurity, IoT, AI, Big Data and other privacy matters are extensively covered by her on various platforms. You can follow her on twitter.

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