82% of security pros fear hackers using AI to attack their company | Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to impact every industry in the near future—including the lucrative business of malicious hacking and the cybersecurity industry working to defend against those attacks.

Enterprise IT and professionals recognize AI’s potential in cybersecurity, according to a new report from Neustar: 87% of the 301 senior technology and security workers surveyed agreed that will make a difference in their ’s defenses. However, 82% said they are also afraid of attackers using against their company, the report found.

In a cyberattack, IT and security professionals said they most stolen company data (50%), loss of customer trust (19%), unstable business performance (16%), and the cost implications (16%).

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Despite the risks, 59% of security said they remain apprehensive about adopting AI for security purposes, the report found.

has been a major topic of discussion in recent times – with good reason,” Rodney Joffe, head of the the Neustar International Security Council and Neustar senior vice president and fellow, said in a press release. “There is immense opportunity available, but as we’ve seen today with this data, we’re at a crossroads. Organizations know the benefits, but they are also aware that today’s attackers have unique capabilities to cause destruction with that same technology. As a result, they’ve come to a point where they’re unsure if AI is a friend or foe.”

In terms of threats, security professionals said they were most concerned about DDoS attacks (22%), system compromise (20%), and ransomware (15%). Nearly half of organizations surveyed (46%) said they had been on the receiving end of a DDoS in Q3 2018, a higher proportion than in years past, the report found.

“What we do know is that IT leaders are confident in AI’s ability to make a significant difference in their defenses,” Joffe said in the release. “So what’s needed now is for security teams to prioritize education around AI, not only to ensure that the most efficient security strategies have been implemented, but to give organizations the opportunity to embrace – and not fear – this technology.”

The big takeaways for tech leaders:

  • 82% of security professionals said they are afraid of attackers using AI in cyberattacks against their company. — Neustar, 2018
  • Security professionals said they were most concerned about DDoS attacks (22%), system compromise (20%), and ransomware (15%). — Neustar, 2018

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