11 questions to ask before buying AI-enabled security software

    Date01 Apr 2019
    Posted ByBrittany Day

    Infosec is complicated enough. Add AI/ML into your security software mix, and you may be asking for trouble. Or, choose the right vendor, and you could wind up with the best toys on the block. Here's what you need to know to wind up in the second camp.

    Most CISOs likely believe in the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to transform the information security landscape over the next 3 to 5 years. That doesn't mean they aren't sick and tired of hearing about it. Many would probably give serious consideration to giving up a paycheck in trade for never having to hear the terms AI or ML again. Virtually every security software vendor on the planet is invoking artificial intelligence as if it had magical properties. To make it worse, many vendors don't have the goods.

    Do some security software vendors overpromise and under deliver on the benefits of their AI/ML implementations? "Massively," said Dr. Anton Chuvakin, VP and distinguished analyst, Gartner. "Examples range from the more blatant and idiotic 'we have a military-grade AI' to subtle, saying 'we use AI' when they are referring to the use of foundational statistical methods that are 300 years old."

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