Artificial Intelligence and the Talent Shortage in SecurityHuntress CEO Kyle Hanslovan on Why AI Can't Surpass Human Feats on a Scalable Level
Since its launch in November 2022, ChatGPT has taken the world by storm. While artificial intelligence can be useful, it has certain limitations and gaps. According to Huntress co-founder and CEO Kyle Hanslovan, AI is a tool for augmenting humans rather than replacing them, and AI is far from surpassing human capabilities on a scalable level.
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Although AI platforms can currently generate realistic images and believable text, Hanslovan said they still have a long way to go in detecting anomalies and deception techniques against cyber defenses. On a more concerning note, he said, hackers can use ChatGPT to write better phishing emails and create macros that can perform malicious actions when enabled in documents (see: Huntress Buys Security Training Provider Curricula for $22M).
Hackers also are getting democratized, Hanslovan said. "They are a lot better at using the English language now in their phishing email than they were even a couple of months ago when it was broken English and typos. So it goes both ways: Defenders are getting better using it, but attackers are as well."
In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2023, Hanslovan also discusses:
- How the talent shortage has led to an increase in automation;
- How organizations use technology to adapt to the down economy;
- Why investments in cybersecurity technology must connect to business outcomes.
Hanslovan previously served in the U.S. intelligence community, where he supported defensive and offensive cyber operations for the past decade. He actively participates in the ethical hacking community as a Black Hat conference trainer and STEM mentor. He also served in the Maryland Air National Guard as a cyberwarfare operator.