Is Artificial Intelligence helping or hindering IT defenders?

McAfee CTO, Steve Grobman, discusses the challenges facing the cybersecurity sector

If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that you can’t be complacent about your cybersecurity strategy. And as the driving force behind McAfee’s security research and development, you’d expect Chief Technology Officer, Steve Grobman, to have more to worry about than most.

“You could spend all day being concerned about almost anything,” he laughs, when I ask him what threats people should be looking out for.

But there is one big issue facing all companies today. How do you deal with the fast-changing threat landscape whilst continuing to protect yourself against the threats you were worried about yesterday?

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“That’s creating a lot of new challenges for an IT defender to comprehend in order to protect their environment,” Grobman says.

Artificial Intelligence has become the latest buzzword in cybersecurity spaces and McAfee is now integrating these capabilities into its latest product offerings.

And it’s easy to see why. When technology has been trained properly, it can be very good at processing massive quantities of data and seeing patterns. Unfortunately, what technology is not so good at is using intuition to spot a new attack pattern or recognize an evasion tactic.

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