A new ESET white paper aims to bring some clarity to what Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) mean in the world of cybersecurity and how they could change the future of malware as we know it.
To gain more insight into this growing topic, ESET conducted a survey which revealed that the majority of IT decision makers believe ML will not only increase the number of threats their businesses will have to detect and respond to but also increase the complexity of cyberattacks they face.
Roman Kováč, Chief Research Officer at ESET said, “While we do not have evidence of machine learning being used to ‘power malware’ per-se, it could happen in the very near future. Cutting edge machine learning capabilities can be hired by the hour, they are widely accessible. There’s no reason why cybercriminals wouldn’t try to use this technology to protect their malicious infrastructure or breach companies’ defences.”
By automating the non-trivial tasks that attackers need to perform prior to launching these targeted operations, future use of ML could potentially enable more adversaries, and with less effort, to conduct them.
However, automated variations of malware are not the only possible malicious application of machine-learning algorithms. ESET outlines some of the areas where the use of this technology could give the attackers an advantage over businesses:
According to the survey, just 41% of IT decision makers strongly agree that they have the skills and resources to detect and protect their organisation against such malware attacks.
Kováč continued, “It is difficult to predict when attacks making wide-scale use of machine learning will happen but when the time comes, the cyber security game will be changed forever as the systems will get under heavy sustained fire of smart automated attacks. To minimise the potential impact and inflicted damage, business leaders need to ensure that cyber security best practices are carried out right across the organisation.”
To read more on this story go to WeLiveSecurity.com and read the blogpost titled ‘Of ML and malware: What’s in store?’ or go directly to ESET’s latest whitepaper ‘Can artificial intelligence power future malware?’