Emerging technologies bring with them a measure of excitement, and none in recent memory has garnered as much attention as AI. In this first of a multi-part series, we will explore the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for protection of CyberMaxx clients. Ultimately the ability to secure the business assets of our customers, is the standard of care any technology must be evaluated to, less it becomes a means unto itself, quickly fading as rapidly as it arrives.

In this series, CyberMaxx will evaluate AI across the Intelligence Amplification continuum. We will make this evaluation from the position of Security Operations, including the benefits and detriments of applying AI to threat detections and security incident investigations. It’s imperative we consider the source of truth AI claims to offer and whether CyberMaxx clients benefit from the professed presentation of facts absent confirmation bias or are drawn into a false sense of confidence.

Novel threats, dealing with the unknow, presents inherent challenges for AI, where fundamentally past results are utilized in making future predictions. User and Entity Behavioral Analytics (UEBA), wrapped within the term machine learning, brought promise to remediating this faulty characteristic. We will evaluate for whether the promise was fulfilled, determining there is order in chaos. And if yes, how best to apply this knowledge in service to our clients.

On May 11, 1997, Gary Kasparov, considered one of the greatest chess players of all time, lost in Game 6 of a chess match to IBM Supercomputer Deep Blue. AI innovation, in the form of chess engine development, accelerated to the creation of the Stockfish engine in 2008, considered the best in the world. Currently at v16 each iteration has been defeated by human ingenuity and innovation. Unconventional sacrifices of strategic pieces, use of chess board boundaries, time-pressure blitz games, all allowed for human creativity to gain an upper hand upon a platform with an arguably finite set of conditions. What of the infinite possibilities in cyberthreats targeting our clients? Does it not stand to reason, the human inventiveness and resourcefulness that utilizes the application of AI in attack, is best repelled by the same imagination for the unconventional that human beings inspire. Human cleverness in prevention of cyberattacks will be the focus of the final segment in our series.

The CyberMaxx position on use of Artificial Intelligence begins with consideration for its benefits in protecting the estate of our clients and ends when no longer capable in serving this purpose. Said differently, CyberMaxx is not in pursuit of AI as a technology for pure novelty. It must serve the common purpose of shielding our clients from cyberthreats, to which we are jointly committed. With this we share our CyberMaxx statement on the application of AI.

CyberMaxx will apply Artificial Intelligence for cyber-defense to the exclusive purpose in fulfilling our mission, of protecting client’s business assets, guarding against those committed to wide-scale societal disruption through cyberattacks.

Continue to Part II of the series.