Artificial intelligence (AI) has many helpful benefits for businesses around the world, but it has also created new cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities of which bad actors can take advantage. These AI-driven attacks are often complex and difficult to detect. From very convincing phishing emails to complex and hard-to-detect scripts, AI has introduced a new challenge. These attacks can even cause irreversible damage to your reputation or data.
This new threat landscape can be hard to navigate for businesses, especially if you don’t have a dedicated I.T. security team ready to mitigate these cybercrimes. Thankfully, there are a lot of ways to stay ahead of the AI cybersecurity challenge. In this article, we’ll explore strategies for improving your preparation against AI-driven attacks.
Defending against AI attacks with cybersecurity best practices
There are practical measures you and your I.T. team can take to improve your organization’s cybersecurity posture and keep AI attacks at bay.
1. Continuing education in cybersecurity for your whole team
AI technology is rapidly evolving, and so are the related cybercrimes. Together, these threats can lead to disaster if your team isn’t properly trained.
When a bad actor targets your business, an employee is often blamed for clicking on a malicious link or downloading a virus. However, placing blame isn’t going to fix the problem. Instead, create a strategy in your organization to ensure that every single employee receives regular and up-to-date cybersecurity awareness training. That will empower your employees with the knowledge to make the right decisions to help protect your business.
For instance, use real examples to help your staff identify phishing emails. It’s also important to cover a wide array of topics, such as ransomware and social engineering attacks. By making cybersecurity a core part of company culture, everyone will be empowered to bolster your cybersecurity defenses.
2. Create (or improve) cybersecurity policies – and enforce them!
As AI-driven cyberthreats evolve, be proactive by creating (or reviewing) your cybersecurity policies. Then, be sure management is rigorous in enforcing these policies with regular communication that emphasizes the importance of good cyber hygiene. Your I.T. department and HR teams can collaborate to create cybersecurity strategies and policies that work to meet your organization’s goals. Every member of your company will stay vigilant and aware of the latest threats. One suggestion is to send weekly newsletters to your staff to keep them updated on the latest threats facing your business.
Additionally, performing regular risk assessments on your business will help you adjust your policies when needed. Even in a small business without a dedicated I.T. team, you can be successful in building a strong cybersecurity culture alongside your outsourced I.T. provider.
3. Partner with an I.T. and cybersecurity service provider
An experienced cybersecurity professional will be up to date with the latest in AI-technology and can help you keep your defenses strong. AI-related threats don’t have to be scary! Since an outsourced I.T. provider lives and breathes cybersecurity, you can focus on important business decisions without worrying about managing your I.T. needs.
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