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AI helping companies respond to security incidents up to 99% faster

Organizations fully leveraging AI and automation can respond to threats within seven minutes or less, according to a new threat analysis.

With social engineering still the biggest threat to organizations, AI is being leveraged on all sides to increase both the threat and the speed of defense.

The majority of cyberattacks against organizations are perpetrated via the social engineering of employees, and criminals are using new methods, including AI, to supercharge their techniques.

According to an Annual Threat Report by Cybersecurity firm ReliaQuest, user action was involved in facilitating initial access in nearly 30% of cyberattacks.

71% of all attacks trick employees via the use of phishing, and of particular concern is a sharp rise in QR code phishing, which increased 51% last year compared to the previous eight months.

Employees are also being duped into downloading fake updates – often to their web browsers. Drive-by compromise has been traditionally defined as the automatic download of a malicious file from a compromised website without user interaction.

The use of AI to accelerate these attacks is gaining significant attention among major cybercriminal forums, with growing interest in weaponizing this technology. The activities of such chatbots as FraudGPT and WormGPT show that AI is being used as a tool to craft cyberattacks.

AI is a dangerous weapon in crafting phishing attacks. AI systems can now replicate a voice using a sample, and video-call deepfakes are aiding threat actors. A growing number of threat actors are automating various stages of their attacks or the entire attack chain.

However, AI-powered automation can help to respond to attacks more efficiently when a response time is shortened from a couple of days to an hour or, in some cases, to seven minutes.

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