AI could be the key to stopping cybercriminals hijacking IoT devices to attack businesses, new research has claimed.New research from Aruba has found that AI can help boost the usefulness and effectiveness of security protection within businesses as more and more IoT products enter the workplace.A quarter of the 4,000 security and IT professionals from across the world surveyed by Aruba said that they currently use some form of AI-based protection, with another 26 percent planning to deploy something similar within the next 12 months.Overall, most IT security teams saw IoT attacks as a major weakness in their company's overall security strategy, concerning both internal and external threats.More than three-quarters of respondents believe their IoT devices are not secure, with 60 percent stating even simple IoT devices could pose a threat. Two-thirds of respondents admitted they have little or no ability to protect workplace connected “things” from attacks. The best … [Read more...] about AI could be the secret weapon of the security industry
Will AI security completely take over from humans and provide a sci-fi like experience to defend against advanced cyber-attacks, or is it still some way behind and should we instead look at the advancements made in machine learning to boost our defences in the near future?These questions and more have been a hot discussion point in the cyber security industry recently, with many commentators concluding that true AI security has been significantly over-hyped.And in many ways, they are right.For example, I am yet to see a security application or system that can intelligently adapt and evolve to different situations and not just continuously perform a single, repetitive task.It’s often a case of blurred lines as many are failing to understand the difference between AI and machine learning. Machine learning, which technically is a subdomain of AI, is more than just Neural Networks and Deep Learning. The latter, which are all the rage in the industry, are but one class of algorithms … [Read more...] about Is AI being over-hyped in the security industry?
At least one member of a newly uncovered cybercrime hacking group appears to be a former or current employee of a cyber-security company, according to a new report released today.The report, published by Moscow-based cyber-security firm Group-IB, breaks down the activity of a previously unreported cyber-criminal group named Silence.According to Group-IB, the group has spent the last three years mounting silent cyber-attacks on financial institutions in Russia and Eastern Europe.The group went undetected for years, mainly because of its predisposition for using legitimate apps and tools already found on victims' computers, in a tactic known as "living off the land."But Silence also created their own tools, such as:Silence-- a framework for infrastructure attacks;Atmosphere--a set of software tools for attacks on ATMs;Farse--a tool to obtain passwords from a compromised computer;Cleaner--a tool for logs removal.These tools, coupled with the group's lay-low tactics helped it go under the … [Read more...] about New Silence hacking group suspected of having ties to cyber-security industry
TEN new research and engineering jobs are being created at Queen's University, Belfast to meet the demands of new contracts and the rapidly growing cyber security industry in Northern Ireland.The jobs at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), which range from graduate level to principal engineer, will focus on creating industry-viable products to crack down on cyber attacks and make networks more resilient. Some 1,100 people are employed in the cyber security industry in Northern Ireland with 80 staff currently employed at CSIT.The new jobs were announced as industry leaders, start-ups, SMEs, government policy makers and researchers from around the world gather at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) for the two-day 8th Annual World Cyber Security Summit.The summit is focusing on security for a future digital society and the growth of new cyber security companies.CSIT, which is the UK's lead university centre for commercialisation of cyber security … [Read more...] about More jobs being created in north’s growing cyber security industry
So, your company has fully internalized the message that businesses need to be more agile. You’ve made the most of cloud-based computing, an agile workforce and have gotten your employees to think like disruptors. You’re on the road to enabling enterprise Digital Transformation. There’s just one issue: Security. It turns out that hackers have already become agile. The attackers have spent the last decade developing an agile business model using an online market place that enables them to develop and launch attacks rapidly. A 2016 report from Symantec found that detection of unique malware jumped 36% in 2015 versus the year before. Attacks are becoming more frequent, protection and detection costs are rising, and compliance requirements are growing. There are more products to help, and some even use the same technology that the hackers are using, like cloud and AI. You quickly realize that it’s hard to keep up with these growing threats, which … [Read more...] about A New, Agile Approach to Security