Integrity360 has published findings from independent research into AI’s impact on cyber security, the risks and advantages. The survey of 205 IT security decision makers was conducted between 9th-14th August 2023, and highlights mounting concerns over the use of AI, and deepfakes in particular, as 68% of respondents noted concerns about cybercriminals using deepfakes to target their organizations.
A significant majority (59%) of respondents agree that AI is increasing the number of cyber security attacks, which aligns with the change in attacks that have been noticeable over the past year as ‘offensive AI’ is being used in instances such as malware creation. It’s also being used to create more phishing messages with content that accurately mimics the language, tone, and design of legitimate emails.
Despite concerns, a substantial majority of respondents (73%1) agree that AI is becoming an increasingly important tool for security operations and incident response. This reflects the industry’s growing recognition of AI’s potential to enhance security practices and the perception that AI can be used both defensively and offensively in cyber security.
Furthermore, 71% of respondents agree that AI is improving the speed and accuracy of incident response. Likely due to AI’s ability to analyse vast amounts of data and identify threats in real-time, contributing to its effectiveness in incident response.
More than two-thirds (67%) of respondents also believe that using AI improves the efficiency of cyber security operations. AI can automate routine tasks, allowing cyber security professionals to focus on more complex and strategic aspects of their work.