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New ISF Paper Attempts to Demystify AI in Information Security

October 10, 2019 / Sarah Coble

In a paper released today, the Information Security Forum is urging organizations to capitalize on the opportunities offered by artificial intelligence while taking sensible steps to reduce the risks posed by this still immature technology.  Demystifying Artificial Intelligence in Information Security defines exactly what AI is, then lays out a realistic analysis of what it can do, and will be able to do soon, for both legitimate organizations and criminals. While detailing AI's potential to significantly improve cyber-defenses, especially around early threat detection, ISF's research recognizes that the technology carries with it the disease as well as the cure. Researchers wrote: "No matter the function for which an organization uses AI, such systems and the information that supports them have inherent vulnerabilities and are at risk from both accidental and adversarial threats. Compromised AI systems make poor decisions and produce unexpected outcomes.