Editorial

Will our Cybersecurity challenges only get worse with 5G and AI?

AI, for instance, can provide companies with the tools to detect fraudulent activity on bank accounts – but it is also a tool being used by cybercriminals to carry out more sophisticated attacks, warns new study

Posted 28 October 2019 by

A new study from UK Cybersecurity experts Information Risk Management paints a gloomy picture of how tech advances, welcome as they can be, often also serve to make life more complicated, too.

In its study, the IRM 2019 Risky Business Report, the group reports the results of a survey of Cybersecurity and risk management leaders where the vast majority, 83%, believe that developments in 5G wireless technology will create challenges for their organisations.

IRM CEO Charles White: “ms to design and develop 5G and AI products that place cybersecurity front and centre”

It also cites even higher numbers – 86% – expecting that AI (Artificial Intelligence) will have significant impact on their Cybersecurity strategy over the next five years, as AI systems are integrated into core enterprise security functions. 

The report points out that AI in cybersecurity can be a double-edged sword, proving CIOs with the tools to detect fraudulent account activity, for example, but it is also a tool being used by cybercriminals to carry out more sophisticated attacks – and on the 5G front, among the top concerns there are greater risk of attacks on Internet of Things (IoT) networks, a wider general attack ‘surface’, and a lack of security by design in 5G hardware and firmware.

As a result, warns the company’s CEO, Charles White, “Now is the time for enterprises to work closely with their cybersecurity teams to design and develop 5G and AI products that place cybersecurity front and centre.”