The next wave of cyber security tools and talent might be coming from the realm of artificial intelligence. AI has been making great strides in usefulness and applicability. As cyber security concerns grow, with power plants as a key target for hackers and cyber crime, the industry response has needed to change quickly as well. Cyber criminals are discovering how artificial intelligence systems can automate sophisticated social engineering attacks. But the opposition is seeing opportunities to use AI systems to fight fire with fire. Here are a few good reasons why investing in AI can help boost your cyber security, particularly in the energy industry.

Understanding AI

Your cyber security team could benefit from the inclusion of AI experts simply because we are actively seeing an increase in AI enabled cyber attacks, from network penetrations to personal data thefts and even the epidemic-like spread of smart computer viruses. It’s all but impossible to defend against something you don’t understand. For that reason alone, your cyber security team should have AI skills in their toolbox.

Humans Anticipating Robots

The cyber security game is one based on anticipation. Currently, human security professionals try to anticipate the next move of their human cyber criminal counterparts. Soon, human security professionals will be tasked with anticipating the next move of their robotic cyber criminal counterparts. AI allows hackers to increase the target surface area. AI hackers of the future are expected to outplay and outmatch the cyber security professionals, just as they have done in games such as chess and Jeopardy. This is just one reason why it’s so important for business leaders in the energy industry to understand just what role AI will play in their cyber security efforts of the future. The way to do that is to hire security talent with the understanding and the technical skills to bring AI into the security side of the equation.

Managing AI

When it comes to artificial intelligence, many industry leaders have expressed concern about what the response should be. It’s clear that the criminals of the world are not afraid of the consequences that incorporating greater amounts of artificial intelligence into their medium would result in. AI in its various forms is already influencing the next generation of phishing methods through image recognition and even computer generated intuition. It’s clear that to keep up, the white hats of the world need to fight back with the powers AI can bring to the table. But we must ask, how can people manage the AI through this learning stage and beyond?

The answer is training. Continued learning and exploration. In the nuclear energy industry, power plants must take cyber security to be a top priority, and that means hiring the professionals with the latest and greatest skills and technologies to do the job.

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