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Continuum CEO Michael George Takes On ‘Pandemic Crisis,’ Consolidation In Five Questions

‘People are reluctant to declare something a crisis, particularly if they don't know how to solve it. … But we can solve it and that's why it's important for us to be as declarative, to let people know this is not going to blow over, this is not going to go away,’ Continuum’s CEO tells CRN.

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You mentioned that artificial intelligence/machine learning is a solution for cybersecurity, but do you see that as ‘the’ solution for cybersecurity?

It is the only solution. It's just the only way. It was interesting because if you heard the guy from Webroot, he had some important things to say in there, and one of them was there isn't enough money in the world that you can spend to appropriately and properly and effectively defend yourself. There isn't enough money in the world. Cybercrime is the largest form of organized crime in the world. So you're not going to be able to perfectly go do that.

So now you sit there and you say, ‘If it's man versus man, if these things are coming out at a velocity and through these vectors that we can't even anticipate anymore, we're going to lose.’ But if I can build artificial intelligence systems that have enough predictive analytics that can do fact pattern recognition and start to see things before they evolve, start to see the very first anomalous thing that would otherwise go completely undetected, and then has the ability to isolate, investigate and remediate through automation ... it's the only way, and that's true.
This is a problem across the whole spectrum of IT. We're not the only ones under attack, but this is a massive problem for the SMB market because of the reasons I mentioned. It's a target- rich environment. They're flat-footed. They're not properly protected.

Again, AI/ML sounds like a big marketing term, but when you break it down it’s very approachable, very consumable, and it is going to be the only way that cybersecurity threats get—and I don't know that they'll ever get completely eradicated—but they will get reduced dramatically and then they'll get identified quickly enough that they'll not cause harm anymore.

We are not going to do that with human beings and, as you heard, electronic circuits process 2 million times faster than biochemical circuits, so there aren't enough people in the world to defend us from bad people in the world.

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