Business Is Responding To AI Cyber Security Threats

Cyber security teams are changing their strategies to keep pace with emerging AI-based threats targeting businesses, according to a report from cyber security firm Deep Instinct.

Deep Instinct’s Voice of SecOps Report, conducted by Sapio Research, surveyed 500 senior cyber security experts from companies with more than 1,000 US-based employees. The report found that 75% of respondents changed their cybersecurity strategy in the past 12 months to combat AI-powered cyber threats.

  • Almost all (97%) of those surveyed security professionals expressed concern their organisation will suffer a breach stemming from AI.
  • A further 61% admitted to seeing an increase in deepfakes in the past 12 months.
  • Three-quarters (75%) of respondents said they had seen deepfakes attempting to impersonate a CEO or C-suite executive.

Despite the rising concerns about AI, Deep Instinct found that 41% of businesses rely on outdated Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solutions to protect their organisations. EDRs monitor end-user devices to detect potential cyber threats.

However, the describes using EDR to combat AI as “equivalent to fighting a five-alarm fire with a garden hose.”

  • Some 31% of respondents said they were planning to increase their EDR investments to combat AI.
  • Away from EDR, 42% of surveyed cyber security professionals said their organisation is using preventative technologies to combat AI attacks, including predictive prevention platforms.
  • Nearly half (45%) of the respondents admitted that they think their employers are wasting their cyber security investments

Other major concerns security professionals highlighted included a lack of experience concerning AI, ageing infrastructure and systems, as well as poor risk assessments.

More than half (53%) of the surveyed professionals said their teams were under increased boardroom pressure, while 56% said their stress levels were worse and 66% said AI is “causing feelings of burnout and stress.” Significantly, the report found that C-suite staff are concerned about their business's readiness to handle AI attacks with one-third (33%) concerned they lack the necessary visibility into AI systems and tools.

Deepfakes continue to plague organisations, with C-suite impersonations rising. Deepfakes, or synthetic audio or video media files that have been digitally manipulated with AI, no longer just impact public figures and celebrities. 

Business leaders  are now prime targets for manipulation and the Deep Instinct found that 61% of organisations experienced a rise in deepfake incidents over the past year, with 75% of these attacks impersonating an organisation’s CEO or another member of the C-suite.

Some 35% of respondents said AI tools improve their productivity and automate routine tasks. The same amount said that adopting a proactive cyber security approach helps relieve role-related stress.

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