We usually associate the future of artificial intelligence (AI) with one that would lead to robots and machines gaining consciousness and soon taking over humanity. Though this form of thinking is far-fetched, and for the most part, AI has resulted in ease of operations for almost every aspect of life, there are still a few noteworthy risks that can be attributed to AI.
What risks does AI pose?
Artificial intelligence involves the use of computer systems designed by programmers to observe, learn and take action on their own accord. Accidental bias is often inserted into these programs. This is where the problem arises. If the bias results in undesirable outcomes and actions, then the business can face major legal repercussions, which can also lead to a downfall of the organization’s reputation. In addition to this, the AI design could also be faulty, leading to inaccurate and overly specific or general decisions being made.
These risks can be reduced by deploying a team to oversee AI testing and design, monitoring the system during operation, and ensuring that the observed results are up to the mark. However, this may not be enough to prevent individuals from taking advantage of AI to damage an organization.
How attackers manipulate AI
With an increase in reliance on technology and AI nowadays, cyberattackers and hackers are finding ways to use this technology against the user. Despite the complexity of AI, it is not that difficult to manipulate data sets that train AI to behave the way it does. Attackers use this to their advantage and change the framework of the data sets to act the way they desire.
If they are unable to gain entry into datasets, attackers tinker with the inputs of the AI systems, which makes it difficult for the technology to make correct observations and actions. Attackers even go as far as reverse engineering AI systems to determine the data involved in training them, meaning they gain access to sensitive information which they can use to create a similar AI system for their sinister operations.
How could AI be weaponized?
AI can also be manipulated to carry out nefarious attacks by cybercriminal organizations. Artificial Intelligence understands the behavior of individuals and can formulate a way to mislead users into believing compromising phone calls, emails, and videos are authentic through which hackers can gain access to sensitive information of individuals and organizations.
AI can also recognize vulnerabilities in networks and devices, meaning attackers can pounce on systems that are not up to date.
How can you use AI to boost cybersecurity?
Despite its shortcomings, AI technology can help businesses immensely in improving security. As AI can instantly monitor and identify inconsistencies in system usage as well as server access and data traffic, it allows your company to be able to prevent or at the very least mitigate any attack on your system. Later on, with proper tests and observations, AI can also take action and block attacks on its own if it recognizes any discrepancies.
AI will thus be able to shoulder the responsibility away from the staff and be an effective tool to recognize intrusions. This will allow more time, resources, and staff available for other operations which require greater attention. AI is indeed a system that will not only improve the cybersecurity of a business by identifying risks but also prove to be cost-saving in the long run as well.