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AI vs. the Hackers


Hackers vs. automation.

Some technology providers are moving away from "rules-based" security technology and are implementing instead machine learning algorithms that adapt to hackers' constantly evolving tactics.

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Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and various startups increasingly are shifting from older "rules-based" security technology designed to respond to specific kinds of intrusion, and are implementing machine learning algorithms that analyze massive amounts of data on logins, behavior, and previous attacks to adapt to hackers' constantly evolving tactics.

Not only are they using machine learning to secure their own networks and cloud services, they also are providing the technology to customers.

For instance, Dutch insurance company NN Group NV uses Microsoft's Advanced Threat Protection to manage access to its 27,000 workers and close partners, and keep everyone else out.

NN Group’s Wilco Jansen says, "We need to be on constant alert, and these tools help us see things that we cannot manually follow."

From Bloomberg
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