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AI-powered cyber attacks on the rise: How to strengthen your defenses

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The world of cybersecurity is evolving at an unprecedented pace, and the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) as a formidable player in the field has been a game-changer. AI is not just a buzzword; it’s a potent tool that’s being harnessed by cybercriminals to launch increasingly sophisticated attacks. As we look ahead to 2024 and beyond, it’s evident that the surge in AI-powered attacks is a trend that shows no signs of slowing down. According to Forbes, AI and cybercrime are unleashing a new era of disruption.

In this blog, we’ll explore the rapid growth of AI in cybersecurity, the concerns it raises among tech professionals, and how you can fortify your defenses against AI-driven threats.

The AI Takeover in Cybersecurity

AI is making significant inroads into the field of cybersecurity. This technology has the potential to enhance our ability to detect and respond to threats, but it’s a double-edged sword. Cybercriminals are also harnessing the power of AI to quickly develop more effective attack methods, making it increasingly challenging for organizations to defend against these threats.

The Rise of AI-Powered Attacks

As AI technologies become more accessible, we are witnessing a surge in AI-powered cyber attacks. These attacks are becoming more refined, adaptive, and difficult to detect. Some of the ways AI is being leveraged by cybercriminals include:

AI-Powered Social Engineering: Bots using AI can impersonate individuals, making it more difficult to identify and protect against social engineering attacks.

Rare Condition Attacks: AI-powered attack tools that can systematically identify vulnerabilities previously deemed improbable to discover, often overlooked in typical merchant applications such as payments.

Vendor Denial-of-Service: An AI-powered attack that diminishes the effectiveness of enterprise risk vendors, occasionally without the merchant’s awareness such as credential stuffing, account compromise, account creation, and collusion.

Session Harvesting: An AI-powered attack on the customer journey, evading risk controls by concealing itself within a pre-established “legitimate” session such as compromised accounts, scraping, ad abuse, promotion abuse, reseller abuse, and the list goes on.

The Growing Concern

The rapid growth of AI-powered attacks has raised concerns in the cybersecurity community. Traditional cybersecurity measures that rely on rule-based systems and signatures are struggling to keep pace with the adaptability and speed of AI-driven threats. As a result, organizations are feeling the pressure to enhance their cybersecurity strategies and invest in more advanced solutions.

In our upcoming webinar, How to Defend Against AI-Powered Attacks in 2024 and Beyond, Nate Kharrl, CEO and Co-founder of Spec, will uncover the rising threat landscape in the realm of cybersecurity as AI-powered attack tools grants cybercriminals unprecedented visibility into an organization’s defense stack.

To address these growing concerns, he will provide insights into how organizations can bolster their defenses against AI-powered attacks. This webinar is a valuable resource for individuals and businesses looking to safeguard their digital assets.

Key topics to be covered in the webinar include:

  • Understanding the Changing Landscape: Delve into the evolving strategies employed by cybercriminals with the use of AI.
  • Customer Journey Security: Explore how enhancing the security of customer journeys can protect the integrity of your business in the face of AI-powered threats.
  • Proactive Protection: Learn about proactive measures that enable your team to stay one step ahead and effectively counter AI-powered attacks.

To attend our webinar, you can register here.

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