Threat actors, through the help of ChatGPT and other generative AI, have developed new strategies enabling them to stay one step ahead of cybersecurity protections. Threat hunters, on the other hand, are using AI to stop attacks. The former is on the rise, taking threat hunters by surprise sometimes, and unleashing mayhem in more sophisticated ways courtesy of AI-enhanced malware programming.
In light of these, Recorded Future CEO Christopher Ahlberg maintained that mitigating the threat faced by the internet community requires human experts who can harness the prowess of ChatGPT and other generative AI, just like the threat actors are doing. Discussing the potential dangers that brilliant machines could bring, Mr Ahlberg remained optimistic about the potential of AI to help defend against emerging threats despite the malicious actors' ability to bend reality.
In addition, Mr Ahlberg insisted that to counter threats, we must ensure that AI is used defensively and that there is a clear understanding of who is in control. “The opportunities, challenges, and ethical considerations of AI in cybersecurity are complex and evolving. Ensuring unbiased AI models and maintaining human participation in decision-making will help manage ethical challenges”, - Mr Ahlberg said: “Vigillance, collaboration and a clear understanding of the technology will be key in addressing the potential long-term threats of highly intelligent machines”.
In conclusion, Mr Ahlberg emphasised the need to design products and machines with clarity on who controls them. He raised concerns about the deployment of autonomous machines by China, Russia and other economic rivals, stating that these countries will likely not slow down the development of AI or share ethical views. He pointed out that as AI becomes more integrated into society, lawyers, judges, and other decision-makers should understand the technology and its implications to forge alliances with tech experts to navigate the future of AI in the threat landscape and beyond.