If you are going to play the "AI" drinking game at the RSA Conference 2019, you can't make it alive.
In front of the industry's largest trade show in San Francisco, vendors are already exploiting AI-based solutions intended to address one of the industry's most pressing issues: lack of workers qualified to defend against cyberattacks. During the last week, both Palo Alto Networks Inc.
and Microsoft Corp.
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announced new AI-labeled services to handle an often-mentioned shortage of cyber security workers who are eligible to stay on an exponentially growing number of cyber attacks.
In a report released Thursday, but Cisco Systems Inc.
said that the industry can actually cool down to AI-driven cyber security. In a survey of more than 3,000 security experts, two-thirds said they would rely on AI, down from the 74% who said they would in 2018.
Cisco found that leading information security officers, also known as CISOs, "are increasingly convinced that migration to the cloud will improve protection work, while apparently reducing dependence on less proven technologies such as artificial intelligence. "
" AI and machine learning, properly used, are crucial to the initial stages of alerting priority and management, "Cisco said. report. "But dependence on these technologies is reduced as respondents may perceive the tools to remain in their infancy or not ready for prime time."
But cyber security companies may have little choice to go for AI solutions as they struggle to find qualified workers who can develop products or respond to threats. When Microsoft announced this week's Azure Sentinel, Ann Johnson, head of Microsoft Security Solutions Group, says in a blog post that the AI security product is intended to address an expected shortage of about 3.5 million qualified cyber security employees by 2022, referring to a estimate from research firm Cybersecurity Ventures.
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Microsoft spied its Azure Sentinel product as the first native security information and event handler, or SIEM tool within a large ski platform. Johnson said that early adopters to Azure Sentinel have reported an up to 90% reduction in alert fatigue, where already stressed cyber security workers find themselves chasing who turn out to be false alarms, and that pseudo-chords that used to take hours are reduced to seconds.
Microsoft revealed Sentinel just two days after Palo Alto Networks discussed its own new offering, the Cortex security product, which Palo Alto Networks exploited as "the industry's only open and integrated, AI-based continuous security platform." It was announced late Tuesday in connection with a major earnings rate and views from Palo Alto Networks.
By addressing the use of automation to reduce the growing number of cyber attacks among personnel shortages, Palo Alto Chairman and CEO Nikesh Arora said on Tuesday that customers reported having few to ten times more cyber security alerts than they were five years ago and that they must hire more people for analysis and alarms.
Expect to hear much more AI-assisted solutions coming from the uncomplicated RSA conference 2019 in San Francisco starting Monday. In addition to AI, companies are likely to focus on the need for industry consolidation, as well as details on the types of attacks that are becoming more prevalent.
Consolidation in the industry, or the use of fewer suppliers, on the problem of last year's RSA, seems to be even more desirable. Cisco's report noted that 63% of responding CISs said they had dropped the number of vendors they handle to 10 or less, compared to 54% in 2017, according to Cisco.
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Both Cisco and Palo Alto Networks help consolidate the trend. Last year, Cisco bought Duo for $ 2.35 billion, and Palo Alto Networks bought such companies as Evident.io and RedLock, and most recently announced that they bought Demisto for $ 560 million.
While not mentioning AI, Symantec Corp.