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Artificial Intelligence & Cybersecurity: Balancing Innovation, Execution and Risk

September 09, 2021

Global

Artificial Intelligence & Cybersecurity: Balancing Innovation, Execution and Risk

September 09, 2021

Global
Michael Paterra

Senior manager, Policy & insights

Michael Paterra is a senior manager on the Policy & Insights team at Economist Impact. Michael leads research programs for foundations, governments, nonprofits and corporates seeking evidence-based analysis to inform policy recommendations and strategy development. He specialises in the intersection of security, health, migration and the environment. At Economist Impact he leads research on a number of benchmarking indexes, including the Global Health Security Index, a 195-country study on epidemic and pandemic preparedness. Michael previously spent time specializing in global labour market research and international labour statistics at The Conference Board. He holds a Master's degree in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree in economic and political science from the University of Delaware.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation across industries, creating newfound benefits to efficiency but also exposing new risks to organizational networks as technology adoption rises and employees increasingly work remotely. As a result, there has been a rapid uptick in the number of cyberattacks, ranging from mundane efforts to gather important business and personal information to highly sophisticated attacks on critical infrastructure. At the same time, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) across industries provides both an opportunity and a challenge to organizations as they look to leverage technologies to improve their cyber defenses. If adopted and monitored properly, AI can serve as a key competitive differentiator in the success of cybersecurity programs.
 
With the adoption of AI in cybersecurity likely to continue to grow over the next 5 years, companies should: 
  • Realize the opportunities
  • Recognize the limits
  • Identify organizational challenges
  • Support a changing landscape

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