Artificial Intelligence for Cybersecurity and SIEMs: The Power Couple

By Krystal Rennie / Adlumin, Inc.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly popular over the last few years and has greatly benefited industries including healthcare, education, marketing, e-commerce and cybersecurity. Specifically, the cybersecurity industry has been transforming and finding ways to implement new features to protect the publics it serves. Pairing AI and cybersecurity is both useful and resourceful for both industries and others looking for inspiration with regards to service upgrades. That being said, the question remains: how can pairing it with other fields like cybersecurity create a power couple?

How Artificial Intelligence Works

AI is a form of software, which is the mastermind behind a machine learning from experience and performing human-like tasks.

According to an article by SAS.com, “AI works by combining large amounts of data with fast, iterative processing and intelligent algorithms, allowing the software to learn automatically from patterns or features in the data. AI is a broad field of study that includes many theories, methods and technologies.”

The amazing thing about artificial intelligence is that it’s made up of subfields like deep learning, machine learning, natural learning processes and more. This creates software that is strong, multilayered and has a wide range of capabilities. Although AI is often interchanged with these subfields, they are completely separate components. Think about it like peeling back the layer of an onion: Artificial Intelligence is an onion, while deep learning, machine learning, and natural language processes are all layers within the onion. In order for the onion (AI) to remain solid, it requires the existence and support of the inside layers.

The point of AI is to make our lives easier by analyzing data at a deeper level than the human mind can collect, understand and process. This is exactly why AI is such a helpful tool and should not been seen as a threat to replacing the human element of businesses.

How Artificial Intelligence Transforms Cybersecurity

The relationship between artificial intelligence and cybersecurity continues to expand as the demands of the digital world transform our experiences. With regards to cybersecurity, artificial intelligence plays a big role in optimizing data and helping security platforms investigate vulnerabilities, patch networks and eliminate false positives. An article published by CPO Magazine stated that AI is being taught by cybersecurity companies and platforms to detect viruses and malware by using complex algorithms, so that in return, AI can run pattern recognition in the software. This happens at a more convenient speed because AI systems use predictive functions that are faster and more responsive than all traditional approaches.

Next Generation SIEMs with AI and Machine Learning

One of the key advances in AI & Machine Learning as it relates to Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) platforms over the last five years, is User & Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA).  UEBA learning algorithms analyze account-based threats and write SIEM rules with the ability to re-write those rules over time. UEBA data science will identify, detect, analyze, and prioritize anomalous behavior—without any input from your cybersecurity team—that will likely present a risk to your network’s security in real-time. UEBA lays down a pattern of behavior for every account and every system on the network, and continuously monitoring the entire network for anomalous and malicious behavior.

What Next’s for the Dynamic Duo?

Artificial intelligence and cybersecurity will only continue to expand and strengthen their bond. It is vital that all staff members are familiar with the functionalities and capabilities of AI to remain completely protected from cyberattacks, hackers and other security concerns. To ensure team members are prepared, schedule a training session on AI or, if available, provide access to tools and platforms necessary to succeed. Cybersecurity companies and platforms have already started implementing AI within their software and/or products, and we imagine the trend with quickly continue.

Krystal Rennie is the Communications Manager for Adlumin Inc., a cybersecurity software firm based in Washington, DC. Her work focuses on producing written content and her experience includes content creation, branding and public relations efforts for Dunkin’ Donuts and the American Red Cross. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. degree in Communications, specializing in Public Relations.