The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity

The Future Of

Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity

The interest in Artificial Intelligence remains high, yet humans continue to play a critical role.

Arctic Wolf, in partnership with CyberRisk Alliance, conducted a survey of over 800 cybersecurity decision makers in North America and the United Kingdom to understand how organizations are weighing the benefits and risks of deploying AI tools, and what those tools mean for human practitioners moving forward.

We found that, while interest in AI appears to be gaining momentum, leadership at organizations across industries and regions are not prepared to fully embrace and trust AI as a solution independent of human expertise.

While the survey gave us answers, it also prompted one major question:

“How and where do humans fit into the AI-empowered next generation of security operations?”
There’s An Appetite For AI
Security professionals are undeniably enthusiastic about the potential for AI, believing it has the ability to enhance their security operations center (SOC) capabilities and drive their cybersecurity strategy moving forward.
The survey found that 64% of respondents indicated that their organization is highly likely to adopt an AI-centric solution
The survey found that 64% of respondents indicated that their organization is highly likely to adopt an AI-centric solution
Respondents
29%

of respondents see the primary benefit of AI as enhanced threat detection

23%

of respondents see the primary benefit of AI as automated response and recovery

Respondents
23%

of respondents see the primary benefit of AI as automation of repetitive tasks

Respondents
Leaders also see an opportunity for AI to reduce stress on human analysts
54%
Respondents

believe AI will show its value by reducing burnout and staff turnover among their security teams

"AI may bring in some breathing space to address the skills shortage."

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Survey Respondent

However, Hesitancy is the Prevailing Attitude Toward AI Adoption

Only about a third of respondents see adding AI-centric solutions as a top priority to improve their cybersecurity readiness. As it turns out, many of the same challenges that have organizations turning to more comprehensive cybersecurity solutions are the same challenges organizations see coming down the pipe with AI.
While organizations welcome advance technology, many lack the skills and budget to manage it, and are concerned about impacts to data privacy.
39% of respondents stated they lack the technical staff/skills to manage AI solutions
39% of respondents stated they lack the technical staff/skills to manage AI solutions
36% of respondents are concerned about data privacy and data bias
36% of respondents are concerned about data privacy and data bias
37% of respondents list budget and cost as their top challenge to adopting an AI solution
37% of respondents list budget and cost as their top challenge to adopting an AI solution
Only 22% of respondents plan to dedicate a majority of their cybersecurity budget towards these AI-powered solutions
Only 22% of respondents plan to dedicate a majority of their cybersecurity budget towards these AI-powered solutions

“Implementing AI is costly as it requires more expenditure on maintaining it.”

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Survey Respondent

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