Managing Partner, CISO
AI’s impact on cybersecurity is multifaceted, bolstering defenses while introducing novel challenges and risks. Carefully assessing the advantages and disadvantages of this impact is crucial. While AI and Machine Learning (ML) have been buzzwords in our industry for a while, the marketing and reality of their effect have become more significant every day.
Bridge Security Advisors’ vCISOs and Advisors spend a good deal of time helping our customers govern the benefits and risks of AI in achieving their business objectives. Simultaneously, we have been implementing AI and AI-enabled tools to support our advisors and services.
There are many types of AI. AI is commonly categorized by capability or techniques. The intricacies of these are beyond the scope of this paper. However, you may notice I use the terms AI, Generative AI, and Machine Learning throughout the paper. This use of different terms is purposeful based on the subject. I tried to be correct in our usage here, but there is certainly room for interpretation. When used herein, “AI” is meant to refer to the overall ecosystem of AI capabilities or as a simplification for one capability from the ecosystem such as Artificial Narrow Intelligence or Reactive Machine AI which are two common categories used in security tools.
To distill an analogy from Christian Macedo’s great article on AI; AI is a Chef preparing meals using different established techniques (algorithms), Machine Learning is a growing recipe book that the chef uses but which also records new techniques from the chef, and Generative AI is the creative chef who takes from the recipe book and creates brand new recipes.
Here are some of the areas we considered and lessons we learned. I will also provide a few things you should be doing now to be prepared for the general use of AI in your organization.
AI presents many challenges to security professionals. What follows are some of the discussions and experiences we have had amongst ourselves and our clients; it is by no means an exhaustive list.
Speed and Accuracy are the overarching themes of AI’s benefit to cybersecurity; this includes the areas listed below. However, with speed and accuracy comes all the risks and considerations above. Ultimately, you can address most of these with process and care.
BSA’s use of AI continues to evolve. Our duty of care requires us to consider every step along our journey carefully. We have adopted AI in several ways and expect to broaden our use of AI continually. A few areas we are leveraging AI now include:
In conclusion, the impact of AI on cybersecurity is significant and multifaceted, bringing both advantages and challenges. As we move forward into 2024 and beyond, it is essential to carefully assess the risks and benefits that AI can bring to your organization and implement strategies to mitigate those risks. At Bridge Security Advisors, we have learned valuable lessons from our experiences with AI in cybersecurity and are committed to helping our clients navigate this complex landscape. With careful consideration and attention to best practices, we can leverage the power of AI to enhance our security defenses while minimizing the risks.
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