AI was supposed to fix security – what happened?

Heralded as the answer to many cybersecurity issues, machine learning hasn’t always delivered. Over the past several years there was no such thing as a security vendor that didn’t have machine learning (ML) – usually mischaracterized it as artificial intelligence (AI) because bandwagons are so attractive, no matter how misleading – and they mostly claimed it was … More AI was supposed to fix security – what happened?

AI hot air creating real risks for enterprises

The hype around artificial intelligence (AI) in cybersecurity has reached fever pitch. You just have to scan the news to see that the media is awash with stories about how AI will transform cybersecurity practices – making threat detection faster and more accurate than ever before. What’s more, marketing materials from next-generation vendors further claim … More AI hot air creating real risks for enterprises

The rise of AI needs to be controlled, report warns

Much ink, digital and otherwise, has been spilled on the vast range of extraordinary opportunities enabled by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Now, a team of 26 AI experts, including from Oxford, Cambridge and Yale universities, OpenAI, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has zeroed in on how AI could be misused for nefarious ends – … More The rise of AI needs to be controlled, report warns

Transparency of machine-learning algorithms is a double-edged sword

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will come into force on May 25, 2018, redefines how organizations are required to handle the collection and use of EU citizens’ personal data. Debates around the GDPR focus mostly on the global reach of this legislation, the draconian fines it introduces, or its stricter rules for “informed … More Transparency of machine-learning algorithms is a double-edged sword

Machine learning and math can’t trump smart attackers

When you’ve been fighting black-hat hackers for decades, you learn a thing or two about them. Obviously, they are bad, and they like to play with code. But most importantly, they’re continually learning and you need to keep up if you want to protect your customers’ businesses from their sticky fingers. Now, if we were … More Machine learning and math can’t trump smart attackers

When PR and reality collide: The truth about machine learning in cybersecurity

Machine learning (ML) is routinely cited by post-truth vendors as their biggest selling point, their main advantage. But ML – if it’s done properly – comes with problems and limitations. ESET has spent years perfecting automated detections, our name for ML in the cybersecurity context. Here are some of the biggest challenges we have observed … More When PR and reality collide: The truth about machine learning in cybersecurity