Cyber attacks occur in the blink of an eye. A single point of infection can spread like wildfire from endpoint to endpoint; location to location; and business to business. Traditional approaches to protection rely heavily on manual processes and preestablished policies to block attacks that fail to keep up with the ever-evolving nature of threats.
Parsing through huge volumes of threat indicators is an intensive, time-consuming process for even the most skilled teams. Chances are your IT teams are already overwhelmed with alerts and false positives, leaving attacks to go unnoticed for months at a time. This is where AI can provide a tremendous amount of value. With a foundation of artificial intelligence, you can save time, correlate more data, make faster decisions, minimize human error, and predict future threat trends while greatly improving your security posture.
What problems can AI help to solve?
- Scarcity of Security Expertise
- Many organizations, especially small businesses, lack both head count and expertise when it comes to security. IT teams are often operating in blended roles, wearing multiple hats of responsibility. AI enables the automation of security processes, which is a time-saver that allows IT to spend more time on business-critical tasks.
- Resource Constraints
- SIEM and security management tools are out of reach for many smaller organizations who are operating on tight budgets. Although the data is there, time constraints mean much of it cannot be analyzed and consumed in time to be effective. When properly implemented, AI can perform correlation, analysis and scoring for you, while learning from multiple threat intelligence sources to ensure cyber vigilance. What’s more, AI gives you the ability to automate remediation with minimal disruption to your business.
- Threat of Zero Day and Evasive Malware
- Policies and signatures can quickly become obsolete and out of date, leaving significant security gaps when used alone. AI provides intelligent layers of defense, able to detect and defeat malware much earlier than legacy approaches. When properly trained, AI offers predictive protections that anticipate future threats, without needing signatures, Cloud connectivity, etc. AI can look at hundreds of thousands of characteristics of a given file and rapidly determine the file’s threat level.
AI: Your Team’s Automated Security Analyst
Every Security Analyst’s goal is to prevent attacks as efficiently as possible, while being able to detect and respond to threats as early as possible. Through automation, AI is like having a skilled security analyst that works 24/7/365 to keep you safe, making AI an essential tool in the cyber arms race for organizations of all sizes.
Want to learn more? Visit www.WatchGuard.com/AI to see how WatchGuard is changing the network security game with AI.