When machines do the hacking

When it comes to cybersecurity, there’s only one thing worse than hackers: robot hackers. No, we’re not talking about Skynet – at least, not yet. But for IT managers, the next wave of cybersecurity threats is likely to be automated, targeted, and almost humanly impossible to predict. That’s because of the technology phenomenon of machine learning, whereby a software platform analyses patterns in large volumes of data to find patterns in unfamiliar situations. Machine learning is already proving disruptive in a range of fields, from voice recognition (think Alexa & Siri) to financial services advice and even biomedical practices like diagnostic imaging. If cybersecurity pros aren’t careful, its most disruptive application could well be in cybercrime. Beware the Bots A typical sophisticated hack is tailored to bypass the target organisation’s…


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