With the recent news of widespread cyber-attacks against both government entities and private companies, it seems clear that the world is ready for newer, more advanced tools to keep cyber-criminals out. As more of life – both personal and digital – has gone online due the COVID-19 pandemic, thieves, trolls and other bad actors have taken the opportunity to seek advantages in Future of Work initiatives.
Sophos, a provider of next-generation cybersecurity, announced this week four new open artificial intelligence (AI) developments to help broaden and sharpen the industry’s defenses against cyberattacks, including datasets, tools and methodologies designed to advance industry collaboration and cumulative innovation. The developments help further a key Sophos objective to open its data science breakthroughs and make the use of AI in cybersecurity more transparent, all with the aim of better protecting organizations against all forms of cybercrime.
This latter goal of opening up its breakthroughs to other developers is part of an industry initiative to help players learn from each other.
“While it is common practice to share AI methodologies and findings in other industries, cybersecurity has lagged in this effort, creating a noisy understanding of how AI truly provides protection against cyberthreats” said Sophos in a press release.
Sophos and its team of SophosAI data scientists are catalyzing this change toward openness, so that IT managers, security analysts, CFOs, CEOs, and others making security buying or management decisions, can discuss and assess AI benefits from a level and well-informed playing field, said the company.
“Today’s cacophony of opaque or guarded claims about the capabilities or efficacy of AI in solutions makes it difficult to impossible for buyers to understand or validate these claims,” said Joe Levy, chief technology officer for Sophos. “This leads to buyer skepticism, creating headwinds to future progress at the very moment we’re starting to see great breakthroughs. Correcting this through external mechanisms like standards or regulation won’t happen quickly enough. Instead, it requires a grassroots effort and self-policing within our community to produce a set of practices and language that will advance the industry in a disruptive, open and transparent manner.”
For more information about artificial intelligence and how it can benefit Future of Work initiatives, plan on attending the Future of Work Expo in Miami, Florida from June 22-25, 2021. For more information and to register, visit www.futureofworkexpo.com.
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