Technology has continued to advance at an unprecedented rate.  Every single day we are seeing more devices being connected to cyberspace, as well as devices being able to perform functions that were previously thought not possible.  One of the largest modern day technologies that has made impressive leaps over the past several years is artificial intelligence (AI).  Pretty much everyone knows of AI from the science fiction movies that show it operating everything from computers to full spaceships.  And while we may not quite be at that level, the abilities of AI have made large leaps.  One application of AI that has been quite helpful is in the realm of cyber security.

Unfortunately, as our technology has continued to evolve and advance, as have the cyber threats that continue to attack that technology, with one of the largest threats being malware. Cyber attackers have learned how to craft extremely clever malware strains that are able to hide themselves, bypass security measures, and circumvent many types of detection.  It has become harder to detect certain types of malware, and it is now more about prediction of these threats, which is where artificial intelligence could be of great assistance.

How AI Could Battle Malware

Artificial intelligence applied to the anti-malware realm could have a variety of benefits.  A multitude of security measures at this point focus on detection of the indicators of malware strains, rather than the prediction of their potential paths or directives.  If properly applied and implemented, artificial intelligence would be able to formulate and detect the potential patterns of the development and attacks of malware.  As malware continues to change and advance, AI could adjust along with this by learning the particular directions it takes, which it could then use to predict future malware and their patterns or purposes of attack.

There have already been a multitude of security softwares and vendors that claim they are employing the use of AI, but there is reason to be skeptical about this.  First off, there is fact that AI is still a relatively new technology, and actual application would be quite limited at this point.  It is more likely that they are employing pattern recognition and analysis that somewhat resembles what AI could do.

While the uses of AI in the battle against malware could be essentially limitless, it is quite a distant goal.  With AI being a fresh technology, it will need some work and adapting before it can truly go toe to toe with the cyber threat landscape.  Attackers are continuously developing new malware with varying attack vectors, and it would potentially take some time for even a current high tech AI to be able to survey and identify the landscape before being able to give any valuable data in regard to patterns and threats.

The Use of AI in Conjunction With Cyber Intelligence

Cyber intelligence is one of the most valuable security tools for any organization.  This is information relayed to an organization in regard to threats and attackers all around the web, which allows them to then defend from said threats and attackers.  With the already high value of it, cyber intelligence could become even more beneficial if combined with AI.  AI would be able to cull the web for intelligence relating to further threats, as well as exchange intelligence with other AI, which would help to increase security posture all over the world.  Though, until the time that AI is capable of this, intelligence is perfectly valuable in its current uses.  Massive Alliance’s cyber intelligence services can allow an organization to stay on top of the current threat landscape.