October 31, 2017 by

Cybersecurity Talent Shortage Forces Companies to Turn to AI

A shortage of human cybersecurity talent is causing companies to turn to artificial intelligence (AI) to fill in the gaps.

An estimated one million cybersecurity jobs are expected to go unfulfilled this year around the world, according to the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. The need for qualified cybersecurity employees is in such short supply that consulting firms, security firms and businesses with pressing need are turning to artificial intelligence.

Such is the scarcity that many companies use employees from other departments or recent inexperienced graduates to fill in for jobs in corporate cybersecurity. This leaves companies open to cyberattacks from cybercriminals who can launch attacks backed by thousands of computers in a botnet and more.

As a result, companies are turning to artificial intelligence or AI to plug their cybersecurity needs, according to PwC head of US cybersecurity and privacy practice Sean Joyce. The company itself uses AI capabilities such as predictive analytics to identify “hot spots” where certain dangerous cyberattacks are originating and spreading around the world, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Another firm, Booz Allen Hamilton, uses AI tools to spot critical threats and highlight them for cybersecurity experts in order to defuse the threats. The use of AI, the company says, helps cybersecurity pros combat “alert fatigue”, a term wherein professionals are faced with a constant barrage of security alerts.

IB vice president for strategy and offering management for IBM Security Jim Brennan adds:

The skills shortage in cybersecurity is real. We’re seeing it every day with clients. This added intelligence also allows junior staffers to learn on the job by providing fast access to historical insights and security research of more senior analysts.

IBM’s own Watson for Cybersecurity “works side by side with analysts to boost their accuracy and shorten their reaction time” according to Brennan.

Chicago-based cybersecurity services firm Trustwave Holdings uses AI and machine-learning products to provide protection for small and medium-sized companies. “[H]alf or fewer of their security staff have the specialized skills and training to address more complex security issues,” according to a Trustwave spokesman, pointing to a survey which turned out the opinion from over 60% of the participating companies.

Image credit: Pexels.

About the author

Image of Author

LIFARS is a digital forensics and cybersecurity intelligence firm based in New York City. LIFARS is ranked as one of the top Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigations companies in 2016 and as one of the top cybersecurity companies in the New York metropolitan area for 2015 on the Cybersecurity 500 – a directory of the hottest and most innovative companies to watch in the cybersecurity industry.

Related articles

Former Rutgers Student Pleads Guilty to Creating Mirai Botnet

A former Rutgers university student is among three men who pleaded guilty to creating the dreaded...

Read more arrow_forward

Hackers Invade Safety System of Critical Infrastructure Facility

Hackers, presumed to work for a nation-state, recently hacked a safety system belonging to a...

Read more arrow_forward

New Ransomware ‘Spider’ Threatens Wipeout in 96 Hours

A new strain of ransomware discovered by security researchers encrypts files and gives victims a...

Read more arrow_forward