4. Artificial Intelligence Will Go Dark
Artificial intelligence is exciting for many reasons - self-driving cars, virtual assistants, better weather forecasting etc. But artificial intelligence will also be used by attackers to wield highly sophisticated and persistent attacks that blend into the noise of busy networks.
We have already seen the first glimpses of these types of attack. Polymorphic malware, which changes its attributes mid-attack to evade detection, has reinforced the obsoleteness of signature-based detection methods. What is emerging is a next generation of attacks that use AI-powered, customised code to emulate the behaviours of specific users so accurately as to fool even skilled security personnel.
In 2017, we can expect AI to be applied to all stages of a cyber-attacker's mission. This includes the ability to craft sophisticated and bespoke phishing campaigns that will successfully dupe even the most threat-conscious employee.
Next year's attacker can see more than your social media profile - they know that your 10am meeting with your supplier is being held at their new headquarters. At 9:15am, as you get off the train, an email with the subject line 'Directions to Our Office' arrives in your inbox, apparently from the person that you are meeting. Now, do you click the map link in that email?
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