The Truth About Machine Learning In Cybersecurity: Defense

A considerable number of articles cover machine learning and its ability to protect us from cyberattacks. Still, it’s important to separate the hype from the reality and see what exactly machine learning (ML), deep learning (DL) and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms can do right now in cybersecurity.


First of all, I have to disappoint you. Unfortunately, machine learning will never be a silver bullet for cybersecurity compared to image recognition or natural language processing, two areas where machine learning is thriving. There will always be a person who tries to find issues in our systems and bypass them. Therefore, if we detect 90% attacks today, new methods will be invented tomorrow. To make things worse, hackers could also use machine learning to carry out their nefarious endeavors.

Nevertheless, machine learning can help us with typical ML tasks, including regression (prediction), classification,

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