Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are being used in a variety of tools—but are decision-makers adopting AI in cybersecurity?
Data collected from August 31 - September 7, 2021
Total respondents: 191 tech decision-makers
Over two-thirds (68%) of decision-makers are using cybersecurity tools that feature AI technology.
53% are satisfied with how AI is performing in their cybersecurity tool(s), though almost a quarter (22%) feel it’s still too early to tell.
Of those who aren’t currently using AI tech in their cybersecurity tools, over two-thirds (67%) are willing to consider using AI in the future.
“[A]ny security provider that wants to exist in the future needs to consider AI.”
- Director, small telecommunications company
The main perceived benefits of using AI in cybersecurity are to increase detection speed (74%), utilize predictive capabilities (67%), and reduce errors (53%).
As for concerns about using AI in cybersecurity tools, decision-makers worry about finding the talent to implement the tools (63%), affording the costs (55%), and accommodating for tech stack complexities (50%).
“Privacy preserving AI techniques will need to be considered heavily.”
- Director, manufacturing enterprise
“[We] need to hire more talent. [It’s] difficult to grow our own.”
- Director, small education company
Looking at which aspects of cybersecurity will benefit most from AI tech, most decision-makers chose network security (65%) and identity and access management (IAM) (64%).
87% of decision-makers believe the use of AI technology in cybersecurity tools will reduce the success of zero-day security incidents.
“[AI can] help catch the thief [on entry] rather than chasing [them] after the damage is done.”
- Director, small software company
Almost all (96%) decision-makers agree that AI technology will be critical for the future of organizational cybersecurity, with almost a quarter (24%) strongly agreeing.
“[AI in cybersecurity is] an emerging area that we’d like to hear more success stories [about].”
Director, medium-sized software company