Cognitive Security is the Future

Cognitive Security is the Future

Modern computing capabilities combined with cognitive technology opens huge potential for tackling unknown attack patterns.

That’s the opinion of principal analyst at KuppingerCole, who says user organisations should investigate cognitive security now because that is the future.

At the Europe Identity and Cloud Conference 2017 Kuppinger said:  “Security suppliers should understand the potential of cognitive security and hire the rare experts in this area,”

He urged security experts to “reinvent” themselves to ensure they have a future. He believes current technologies are largely based on the known attackers but attack patterns being faced by organisations are increasingly those that are unknown.

He added: “It is more important than ever for organisations to have the capability to address attacks that are still unknown.

“We are only scratching the surface when it comes to advanced technologies to improve our cyber defences, and the time has come to take a serious look at cognitive security technology.

“One of the biggest challenges today in security is to reduce the number of events that need to be analysed, which is where the skills shortage is having the greatest impact, but cognitive computing can help by reducing the number of events that need to be analysed,”

Cognitive computing is already being used to enable a better understanding of authentication risk – to determine when additional authentication is required and how user behaviour analytics can help identify abnormalities as potential indicators of malicious activity.

Kuppinger added: “We have just started this journey [into cognitive security] but it is an important journey that will have a great effect on things such as security intelligence and behaviour analytics. Cognitive security has the potential to make a greater impact on cyber security than traditional security technologies,”

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