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Artificial Intelligence and the Talent Shortage in Security

Huntress CEO Kyle Hanslovan on Why AI Can't Surpass Human Feats on a Scalable Level
Kyle Hanslovan, CEO, Huntress

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.

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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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