Here we will briefly explore how AI is being used in security, and provide some current interesting examples.
1. For cybersecurity, the role of AI is more intuitive for the non-initiated.
Here AI can be employed to help, often, under-resourced security operations analysts stay ahead of the curve. AI can, for example, curate all current knowledge of threat intelligence to help provide threat insights almost instantaneously.
This helps reduce response times to cyberattacks considerably. AI can also be trained to learn by consuming billions of data artifacts from structured and unstructured sources.
IBM’s Watson and Microsoft’s Windows Defender are examples of AI-based security solutions.
2. AI can also help with physical security.
Companies like Liberty Defense, a concealed weapon detection company, have been working on an AI-powered solution to help reduce weapon-related crimes. Called HEXWARE, the weapons detection system uses active 3D imaging and AI to assess and detect threats as groups of people pass its sensors. It was developed at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory can have been designed to be installed at the perimeter of any building.
Another example is OPENALPR’s AI security software. It uses IP cameras to scan license plates and provide vehicle data including tag number, make, model, and color in real time.
3. Cognitive security.
Cognitive security is the application of AI technologies patterned on human thought processes to detect threats and protect physical and digital systems. These self-learning systems use data mining, pattern recognition, and natural language processing to simulate the human brain.
This kind of cybersecurity is very effective at helping to stop cyber attacks designed to manipulate human perception.