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Improving network security with AI

Improving network security with AI

Network security is the back-bone of many technology companies, as a working security system enables the safety of a whole variety of important information. It consists of all the practices used to prevent and monitor unauthorised access or misuse within a company’s database and resources. This means it’s vital that jobs within a network security department are carried out correctly, especially with the technological advances of this day and age.

Artificial intelligence, otherwise known as AI, is the simulation of human processes, replicated by machines and computer systems. With new discoveries in technology being made every day, artificial intelligence is something that many businesses will need to get up to scratch on, particularly for its use in network security. 


Automated network security

As the technology world evolves, automation seems to be the ideal way to go when it comes to network security. However, many security professionals are torn between which is the best when it comes to both automating and streamlining processes. There is a fear surrounding automated network security and its reliability and safety. The use of artificial intelligence could eliminate this fear.

Security policy development and network organisation are two essential components of network security and AI can automate both of these processes effectively. It can be used to save organisations huge amounts of time and money, as AI can generate policies and procedures to cater to every unique situation. Ultimately, artificial intelligence can enable a stronger trust when it comes to automated network security and could influence greater use of automation. 


More powerful protection

Password protection is important for just about everyone. Nonetheless, passwords are one of the weakest components of security control and once cracked, criminals could access all sorts of information about employees identities. This is where artificial intelligence could come in.

Developers are beginning to discover that AI could improve biometric authentication and eliminate the weaknesses that come with password protection, so that it’s more robust. It can also be used to detect phishing and ultimately prevent it in the future. As AI has the ability to respond at a much faster pace than a human can, these technologies can identify and track over 10,000 active phishing sources. 

There are also AI tools that can provide information to individuals, prior to creating a password or going through the development of an authentication process. They are able to take a whole variety of words and commonly used passwords, along with previously leaked passwords, and turn them into hashes to check against stolen hash. Although these tools still require further manual coding, they still demonstrate the improvement that AI could have on network security.


Meeting new business needs

With the recognition of artificial intelligence as a potential key to the future of network security, there are many more doors that can be opened for all sorts of businesses. AI pushes past the limits of traditional network infrastructure, operations and development, and brings forward a future of better security.

Although technological growths are positive in many aspects, this fast-adapting digital age brings with it thousands of fraudsters who are trying to collect information. This makes it so important for businesses to find the best methods to keep their networks secure, and to continuously monitor ways of improving it, as progressive cybersecurity measures have never been more imperative than now. AI brings a whole new light to this idea and can really aid the start of smarter cybersecurity.

Written by Alan Hayward, Sales & Marketing Manager at SEH Technology

Improving network security with AI Alan Hayward, Sales & Marketing Manager at SEH Technology

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