Cybersecurity Pros Predict Rise of Malicious AI
A recent survey conducted by Enea reveals that 76% of cybersecurity professionals believe that malicious AI, capable of bypassing most cybersecurity measures, is a looming threat. Of those professionals, 26% anticipate encountering such AI within the next year, while 50% believe it will happen within the next five years. The survey also highlights concerns about rogue AI, where AI deviates from its intended purpose and becomes unpredictable and dangerous. Phishing, social engineering, and malware attacks are seen as the top threats that will be strengthened by AI. However, respondents are optimistic about AI's positive impact on cybersecurity, particularly in threat detection and vulnerability assessments. Despite this optimism, only 39% of organizations have deployed AI as part of their cybersecurity strategy. The majority of respondents believe that increased cybersecurity training, incident response planning, and strengthening traditional security controls are necessary to prepare for sophisticated AI attacks. The report emphasizes the importance of understanding the impact of AI on cybersecurity and taking a methodical approach to implementing AI strategies.