Bottom Line: In 2021, cybersecurity vendors will accelerate AI and machine learning app development to combine human and machine insights so they can out-innovate attackers intent on escalating an AI-based arms race.

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SwissCognitive, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Bots, CDO, CIO, CI, Cognitive Computing, Deep Learning, IoT, Machine Learning, NLP, Robot, Virtual reality, learningAttackers and cybercriminals capitalized on the chaotic year by attempting to breach a record number of enterprise systems in e-commerce, financial services, healthcare and many other industries. AI and machine learning-based cybersecurity apps and platforms combined with human expertise and insights make it more challenging for attackers to succeed in their efforts. Accustomed to endpoint security systems that rely on passwords alone, admin accounts that don’t have fundamental security in place, including Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and more and attackers created a digital pandemic this year.

What 20 Leading Cybersecurity Experts Are Predicting For 2021

Interested in what the leading cybersecurity experts are thinking will happen in 2021, I contacted twenty of them who are actively researching how AI can improve cybersecurity next year. Leading experts in the field include including Nicko van Someren, Ph.D. and Chief Technology Officer at Absolute Software, BJ Jenkins, President and CEO of Barracuda Networks, Ali Siddiqui, Chief Product Officer and Ram Chakravarti, Chief Technology Officer, both from BMC, Dr. Torsten George, Cybersecurity Evangelist at Centrify, Tej Redkar, Chief Product Officer at LogicMonitor, Bill Harrod, Vice President of Public Sector at Ivanti, Dr. Mike Lloyd, CTO at RedSeal and many others. Each of them brings a knowledgeable, insightful and unique perspective on how AI will improve cybersecurity in 2021.  

The following are their twenty predictions:

Employers’ and employees’ virtual IT and security needs are quickly changing. AI, machine learning and BIOS-level technologies enable more resilient, persistent endpoint connections that can keep up with this rapid rate of change. According to Nicko van Someren, Chief Technology Officer at Absolute Software, nearly all employees work and connect outside of a traditional office building and off the corporate network in the current scenario. As a result, there needs to be a way to perform fully remote lifecycle management of PCs – without requiring any hands-on intervention required by IT and while still giving IT all of the insights and control that they need. The capabilities that Absolute provides to support remote management are the first step in giving employees the full set of tools they need to work virtually on a protected endpoint device. Using these tools, businesses can handle the whole “deployment to disposal” lifecycle without needing physical access to a machine. […]

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