s cybercriminals improve their methods, so too does the cybersecurity industry – the arms race between the two isn’t news. But here’s what is – one of the earliest and most developed examples of artificial intelligence we have in the world might finally give protection from cyberthreats the edge we’ve been waiting for.
Cybersecurity used to be a very either/or affair. A piece of malware appeared and cybersecurity vendors quickly issued updates to warn your local internet security application to watch for it. If they were fast enough, you caught it before it caught you.
Then came a new kind of threat detection. Called anything from predictive to heuristic, cybersecurity could now take a reasonably good guess about which programs or processes were from the bad guys by signaling their similarity to other digital artefacts it already knew were bad news.
Let’s say a virus can be expressed as ‘12345’. The software can be told to treat a file containing ‘12354’ or just ‘123’ as suspect, flagging it for further checking. But it’s about much more than file types. Today cyberthreats can be found in anything from user behaviour to social engineering.
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