ISACA recently released the fourth annual ISACA State of Cybersecurity 2018 Report. The research details the worldwide cybersecurity skills gap with an alarming 59 percent of information security professionals reporting unfilled cyber/information security positions within their organizations, and more than half taking at least three months to fill.
While cybersecurity budgets are still increasing, the qualified talent to fill positions is still lagging behind. Other key findings and trends from the research that might peak your interest are:
- Four in five (81%) security professionals indicated that their enterprises are likely or very likely to experience a cyberattack this year, while 50% of respondents indicate that their organization has already experienced an increase in attacks over the past year.
Criminals and Nation-state Actors Will Use Machine Learning Capabilities to Increase the Speed and Accuracy of Attacks
Scientists from leading universities, including Stanford and Yale in the U.S. and Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, together with civil society organizations and a representation from the cybersecurity industry, last month published an important paper titled, The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation.
While the paper (PDF) looks at a range of potential malicious misuses of artificial intelligence (which includes and focuses on machine learning), our purpose here is to largely exclude the military and concentrate on the cybersecurity aspects. It is, however, impossible to completely exclude the potential political misuse given the interaction between political surveillance and regulatory privacy issues.
“The moment ransomware encrypts files and locks victims out of their data, it starts to cause financial damage and business disruption. Catching it at ‘time zero’ is critical”