The benefits of AI in cyber security are phenomenal, yet not sufficiently well-known. In this article, get insights that cut through the noise; that show you how to put AI to work in ways that will yield worthwhile results.

AI-powered cyber security solutions drive proactive threat prevention, accelerated response times, reduced false positives, optimization of resources and cost efficiency – all of which are strategic advantages that conspire to help create a more agile and robust organizational security posture.

Although 91% of organizations allow that AI adoption is a priority, the large majority are still in the planning or development stages of their AI-in-security journeys. Whether you’re assessing AI-based tooling adoption or wish to get more out of existing AI implementations, this article offers valuable insights that can propel your cyber security strategy forward.

Benefits of AI in cyber security

These are the kinds of returns that you can expect to receive on your AI-powered cyber security investment:

1. Proactive threat prevention and detection. One of the most significant benefits of AI in cyber security is that it transitions organizations from a reactive threat management approach to a proactive one. Here’s what we mean…

Historically, security tools have relied on known signatures or rules. Yet, this has left organizations vulnerable to unknown threats.

To circumnavigate the problem, AI can look back at trends, patterns and anomalies, using volumes of existing data to identify emerging, never-before seen attack types. AI’s capabilities here enable security teams to mitigate issues before they spiral into damaging security incidents.

2. Accelerated response times. When a security incident occurs, time is of the essence. AI-powered cyber security solutions can automate the initial stages of incident response; threat identification, impact assessment and containment.

In some instances, AI may be able to auto-isolate compromised devices from the network. In turn, this prevents the spread of malware (ex. ransomware). Efficient and automatic device isolation can minimize a cyber attack’s financial impact on a business.

3. False positive reduction. False positives – benign activities that are improperly recognized and categorized as malicious – have long been a security team frustration. They consume time and resources while potentially obscuring genuine threats. But AI has much to offer here…

For various technical reasons, AI-powered cyber security tools allow for a markedly more accurate differentiation between suspicious behavior and normal behavior, as compared to traditional cyber security tools. Subsequently, false positive rates decline. When there are fewer false positives, security teams can spend more time engaging with real threats, contributing to a stronger organizational cyber security posture overall.

4. Resource optimization. Given the cyber skills shortage, organizations are under pressure to optimize human resources. Nearly 50% of Check Point survey respondents recognize AI’s potential when it comes to automating repetitive tasks and optimizing resource allocation.

AI can competently tackle log analysis and correlation, vulnerability scanning and assessment, patch management and routine threat hunting. Thus, humans can focus on more complex and strategic initiatives. Ultimately, this approach – apportioning the work between AI and humans – ensures that resources are allocated in a way that maximizes impact and optimizes outcomes.

5. Cost efficiency. AI-powered tools can reduce the need for point solutions. This is because many AI-powered cyber security platforms offer extensive, integrated capabilities. Such consolidation can lead to significant cost savings in terms of software licenses, maintenance and interoperability efforts.

AI also contributes to cyber security cost efficiency due to the fact that it can limit the likelihood and impact of security incidents. Because AI-powered systems can identify threats rapidly and respond quickly, the potential for damage drops and expected breach costs decline.

More information

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