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Black Hat 2018: 12 Executives On The Most Overhyped Cybersecurity Trends Today

CRN asked 12 executives and technical leaders attending Black Hat 2018 what cybersecurity concepts seem to be more about buzzwords than delivering meaningful protection.

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is an immensely powerful technology, but the industry often misrepresents what it's capable of doing and doesn't call out its limitations, according to McAfee SVP and Chief Technology Officer Steve Grobman.

AI typically struggles with recognizing malicious situations, scenarios or content when it's dissimilar to anything seen in the past, Grobman said, including new classes of vulnerabilities such as Meltdown and Spectre. In addition, Grobman said many AI techniques are unable to explain why something has been flagged as malicious, which often limits what an organization is able to do in response.

Once an adversary understands how an AI-based defense has been built, Grobman said they can put evasion techniques in place to circumvent it. In addition, since both defenders and attackers are capable of using artificial intelligence, Grobman anticipates that AI will, in time, also result in more effective attacks by bad actors.

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