By Juliet Umeh
A global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, Sophos, has unveiled four new open Artificial Intelligence, AI developments to help organisations check cyberattacks.
According to the firm, the AI developments will help in the areas of datasets, tools and methodologies designed to advance industry collaboration and cumulative innovation.
The four areas include: SOREL-20M Dataset for Accelerating Malware Detection Research,
AI-powered Impersonation Protection Method, Digital Epidemiology to Determine Undetected Malware and YaraML Automatic Signature Generation Tools.
It explained that the move accelerates its key objective to open data science breakthroughs and make the use of AI in cybersecurity more transparent, all with the aim of better protecting organizations against all forms of cybercrime.
The company noted that while it is common practice to share AI methodologies and findings in other industries, cybersecurity has lagged in this effort, creating a noisy understanding of how AI truly provides protection against cyberthreats.
Sophos ‘s Chief Technology Officer, Joe Levy, said: “With SophosAI’s new initiative to open its research, we can help influence how AI is positioned and discussed in cybersecurity moving forward.
“Today’s cacophony of opaque or guarded claims about the capabilities or efficacy of AI in solutions makes it difficult to impossible for buyers to understand or validate these claims. This leads to buyer skepticism, creating headwinds to future progress at the very moment we’re starting to see great breakthroughs.
“Correcting this through external mechanisms like standards or regulation won’t happen quickly enough. Instead, it requires a grassroots effort and self-policing within our community to produce a set of practices and language that will advance the industry in a disruptive, open and transparent manner.
“It is difficult to overstate the criticality of this shift given the immense potential of how AI can benefit cybersecurity. Sophos evidence shows that defenders are increasingly facing human adversaries who are constantly upping their game, launching highly contextualized Business Email Compromise (BEC) forgery campaigns or relentlessly developing new ransomware attacks.
“Scalable and effective defenses against these and most other types of cyberattacks require assistance from AI. Openness and peer review among those applying AI to address these security threats stimulate innovation and discoveries, driving the entire industry forward,” Levy said.