AI may be used by cybercriminals, but it will also be used to help catch them

Jul 26, 2017   |   Suzanne Choney

Ann Johnson, Microsoft vice president of Enterprise Cybersecurity, speaking at Interpol World 2017 Congress in Singapore

Artificial intelligence (AI) could soon enter the murky world of cybercrime, but it also will play a role in catching the bad guys, says Ann Johnson, Microsoft vice president of Enterprise Cybersecurity.

Johnson thinks it is inevitable that the criminal use of AI will result in more sophisticated threats – such as “malware becoming adaptive in the wild, which I don’t think is that far off.” But she is also optimistic that companies and crime fighters, armed with AI, will be able to catch threats faster, and use analytics to predict when something is going to happen.

“When we see malware, we will be able to analyze it much more quickly by using artificial intelligence and machine learning,” she said in an interview at the Interpol World 2017 Congress in Singapore recently. “I think AI is the step change that we have all been waiting for.”

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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