Cybersecurity Sessions #7

AI in Cybersecurity – A Double-Edged Sword

Thursday, May 5th, 11:58 AM GMT / 1:58 PM CET
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AI in Cybersecurity – A Double-Edged Sword

Episode Description

AI in Cybersecurity – A Double-Edged Sword

It’s likely that we encounter artificial intelligence more often than we realize. Just as AI can be used to facilitate fraud and spread misinformation via deepfakes and sophisticated identity theft, it can also be used to develop algorithms that detect cyber-attacks in the blink of an eye.

In this episode of the Cybersecurity Sessions, Andy is joined by Elaine Lee (Data Scientist, Mimecast) to delve into the benefits and risks of AI in cybersecurity, examining how artificial intelligence can be used both as an offensive weapon by adversaries and by security teams to defend against attacks.

Key points

  • Why AI adoption is rapidly increasing across industries
  • How AI is being used to make fraud more sophisticated and widespread
  • The cybersecurity defenses built using AI and machine learning algorithms
  • The role of humans to supervise and keep AI controlled in the future

Podcast Host

Andy Still

CPO & Co-Founder , Netacea

Andy is a pioneer of digital performance for online systems, having authored several books on computing and web performance, application development and non-human web traffic. As Chief Product Officer, he leads the technical direction for Netacea’s products, as well as providing consultancy and thought leadership to clients.

Podcast Guest

Elaine Lee

Data Scientist , Mimecast

Elaine has worked in industries ranging from government, healthcare, and now cybersecurity with Mimecast, thanks to her math degree, which has been her passport to many exciting opportunities. She enjoys methodical problem solving and believes that solutions can always be found in the data.

Episode Transcript

Andy Still 00:00
Good day everyone and welcome. Here we are again for the latest instalment of the cybersecurity sessions, our regular podcast talking about all things cybersecurity with myself, Andy Still, CTO and co-founder of Netacea, the world's first fully agentless bot management product. So today we're talking about email, a tool that we all rely upon, but also one that's historically been the entry point for many cyber-attacks, malware distribution to phishing attacks, and with the growth of AI these attacks are getting ever more sophisticated. We're lucky today to be joined by Elaine Lee, data scientist with Mimecast, who can tell us some more about how AI is being harnessed as an attack vector, but also as a means of defense. So welcome, Elaine. Great pleasure to talk to you today.

Elaine Lee 00:42
Thank you, Andy. Happy to be on the talk today.

Andy Still 00:45
Before we start, could you quickly introduce yourself for our listeners?

Elaine Lee 00:49
My name is Elai

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