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AI's future impact with the cybersecurity and SaaS application space

June 21, 2023


Pro Cloud SaaS CXO RJ Hines met recently with CRO Chris Bosque to discuss how artificial intelligence can enhance cybersecurity systems and what may be the challenges and risks for businesses today. 

How will AI impact cyber security in the future?

“Artificial intelligence (AI) has already proved its worth within the cybersecurity solution segment and it’s expected to have even more of a significant impact on cybersecurity technology in the future. Certainly AI offers a great deal of benefits however there are also risks.  It’s critical to have human oversight, watch for AI driven bias, and control to maintain the high standards of AI ethics.

AI is likely shape the field of cybersecurity in these ways:

  • AI enhances threat detection capabilities by analyzing large volumes of data and identifying patterns that may indicate malicious activity. Machine learning algorithms can also learn from historical data and detect new and evolving cyber threats, including previously unseen malware, zero-day vulnerabilities, and sophisticated attack techniques.
  • AI-powered cybersecurity systems can automate real-time incident response processes, enabling an organization to respond to threats in real-time. AI algorithms also analyze and correlate data from multiple sources, providing security analysts with actionable insights and enabling faster decision-making and response to security incidents.
  • AI algorithms leverage predictive analytics to assess potential cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities. By analyzing historical data, AI can identify trends, anticipate future threats, and proactively recommend security measures to mitigate these risks.
  • AI Powered Endpoint Protection sets a baseline of behavior through a training process. When any out of the ordinary behavior occurs, the AI within the protection solution will flag it and take the appropriate action. This can be as simple as messaging a technician or as complex as reverting to a safe state. This proactive approach provides protection against threats both known and unknown.
  • AI can monitor user and entity behavior analytics ( UEBA) within an organization's network to identify anomalous activities that may indicate a potential breach. By establishing baseline behavior patterns, AI algorithms can detect deviations and raise alerts for  investigation.
  • AI can automate routine security operations, such as log analysis, security event correlation, and vulnerability assessments. By automating these tasks, organizations can reduce human error, improve operational efficiency, and allocate human resources to more complex cybersecurity challenges.
  • AI can strengthen authentication mechanisms such as enhanced authentication and access control incorporating advanced biometrics, behavioral analytics, and anomaly detection techniques. This helps prevent unauthorized access to sensitive systems and data, reducing the risk of credential theft and identity-based attacks.
  •  As AI becomes more prevalent in cybersecurity, malicious actors may also leverage AI techniques to develop sophisticated attacks. Adversarial AI can be used to create more evasive malware, impersonate legitimate users, or bypass AI-based security systems. Consequently, defending against adversarial AI will become a crucial aspect of cybersecurity."

What are some current SaaS/Cloud applications that benefit from AI integration?

"Here are the highlights of just some of the application available that have successfully integrated AI to increase functionality: 

  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platforms like Salesforce, HubSpot, and Microsoft Dynamics use AI to improve sales and marketing processes. AI-powered features include everything from  lead scoring to sales forecasting, sentiment analysis, and personalized recommendations.
  • AI plays a critical role in enhancing cybersecurity solutions. Cloud-based security platforms like IronScales, Sentinel One and Darktrace ,leverage AI for threat detection, anomaly detection, and behavioral analysis to identify and respond to potential security breaches without the potential limitations of human error. 
  • Document Processing and Workflow Automation applications like DocuSign, Adobe Sign, and PandaDoc employ AI to automate document processing, extract data from forms, and streamline workflows. AI algorithms improve accuracy, speed, and efficiency in handling various document-related tasks.
  • HealthTech and Telemedicine: AI integration in Healthtech, Telemedicine and other  healthcare applications like Epic Systems, Cerner, and Athenahealth enable medical data analysis, diagnostics, treatment recommendations, and virtual patient consultation.
  • Many companies employ AI-powered chatbots for customer support. These chatbots, integrated into platforms like Zendesk and Intercom, use natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to understand and respond to customer queries.
  • AI is widely used in data analytics and business intelligence tools like Tableau, Power BI, and Google Analytics. It enables automated data processing, predictive analytics, anomaly detection, and data visualization, helping businesses gain valuable insights from large datasets.
  • Marketing automation platforms such as HubSpot,  Marketo, Mailchimp, and Adobe Campaign leverage AI to optimize marketing campaigns. AI enables personalized content recommendations, dynamic pricing, predictive lead scoring, and automated email marketing.
  • AI integration in supply chain applications, like Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud and SAP Integrated Business Planning, help optimize inventory management, demand forecasting, logistics, and route optimization.
  • AI is increasingly being used in financial services applications like fraud detection, risk assessment, algorithmic trading, and credit scoring. Platforms such as Bloomberg Terminal, Charles River Investment Management Solution, and Quantopian utilize AI for advanced financial analysis.
  • AI can enhance Human Resource software  applications by automating tasks like resume screening, candidate sourcing, and employee onboarding. Platforms like Workday and BambooHR incorporate AI algorithms for improved talent management and workforce planning.

The use of AI in SaaS and cloud applications is continuously expanding across various industries."


What should CTO's/CISO's  look for regarding AI enhanced technology?

"When CTOs/CISOs (Chief Technology Officers/Chief Information Security Officers) evaluate AI-enhanced technology, they should consider these important factors to ensure its effectiveness, security, and alignment with their organization's goals. Here are some key aspects to look for:

  • Determine how well the AI-enhanced technology aligns with the organization's strategic objectives and specific business needs. Consider whether it can enhance efficiency, productivity, customer experience, or competitive advantage.
  • Assess the level of transparency and explainability offered by the AI technology. Understand how it makes decisions, what data it uses, and how it can provide understandable explanations for its actions or recommendations. This is particularly crucial for regulatory compliance and building user trust.
  • Evaluate the data quality, integrity, and reliability of the data used to train and operate the AI system. Ensure that the data is representative, diverse, and ethically sourced to prevent bias and discriminatory outcomes.
  • Consider the security and privacy implications of the AI technology. Assess the data handling practices, encryption methods, access controls, and compliance with relevant regulations like GDPR or CCPA. Verify if the AI system's deployment introduces any new vulnerabilities or risks to the organization's infrastructure.
  • Understand the AI model's performance in different scenarios, including edge cases and adversarial conditions. Evaluate its accuracy, precision, recall, and potential limitations. Robustness testing helps ensure that the AI system performs consistently and reliably.
  • Assess the technology's scalability and integration capabilities within the existing technology stack. Determine if it can handle increasing data volumes and user loads. Compatibility with current systems and ease of integration are vital for smooth implementation.
  • Evaluate the reputation, expertise, and reliability of the vendor providing the AI-enhanced technology. Assess their track record, financial stability, customer references, and the level of ongoing support they offer.
  • Consider whether the AI technology complies with relevant legal and industry regulations. Ensure it meets requirements around data protection, privacy, fairness, and transparency. Assess if it undergoes regular audits or certifications.
  • Assess the ethical implications of the AI-enhanced technology. Ensure it aligns with the organization's ethical guidelines and values. Address potential concerns related to biases, discrimination, job displacement, or any negative societal impact.
  • Evaluate the user experience of the AI technology, including its interface, ease of use, and user feedback mechanisms. Determine the level of human oversight required to monitor and interpret the AI system's outputs."

With the right guidance and support, CTOs/CISOs can make informed decisions about adopting AI-enhanced technology that aligns with their organization's objectives, prioritization of security and compliance, and delivers value while addressing ethical concerns.