Making Cyber Attack Detection Easier With Artificial Intelligence

Organisations in all sectors are seriously concerned about cyber security threats. In 2021, businesses experienced 50% increase in weekly cyber attacks compared to 2020. Experts and researchers must constantly create new cybersecurity tools, techniques and practices. 

Ransomware and malware, often created by cyber attacks and they are a serious threat to the IT systems of governments, organisations and local authorities and these threats and attacks have recently significantly increased. 

Artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasingly important role in cyber security, enabling organisations to leverage the latest AI-based tools to better detect threats and protect their systems and data resources. 

AI software enables the technology to collect information with the assistance of hardware, to determine whether the use of electricity in the system conforms to known and expected patterns. Thanks to recent advances in both AI and Machine Learning this new approach focuses on monitoring and predicting malware behaviours.

This is vastly different than how most cyber security measures operate now.

  • Now, the Canadian University of Waterloo has developed a solution to enhance government IT infrastructure. The researchers at the University of Waterloo have created a technology that monitors increased energy consumption, which will help protect governments, businesses and other organisations. 
  • Also, scientists at Cardiff University in Wales have developed a new cyber security method capable of automatically detecting and stopping cyber attacks on laptops, computers, and smart devices in under a second.

When exceptional metrics are compiled, the artificial intelligence system sends an alert to the security officer in the organisation, warning that the organisation’s infrastructure could be under attack by hackers or software attempting to steal or lock precious data.

In addition, when multiple machines show signs of increased power usage at the same time and in similar patterns, the suspicion increases that there might be ransomware planted in the network. 

Currently undergoing extensive testing in Ontario, the Waterloo technology is designed to complement existing control systems like network intrusion detection and will provide greater security for power-based systems. 

CNBC:    I-HLS:     Computer Society / IEE:    Cyber Degrees:    StudyFinds

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