Moving forward with machine learning for cybersecurity

Cybersecurity professionals see potential in machine learning, but they need education and guidance

At Black Hat last week, you couldn’t pass a slot machine without some cybersecurity technology vendor crowing about machine learning or artificial intelligence (AI). Yup, machine learning algorithms have great potential to help with security analytics and employee productivity, but this technology is in its infancy and not well understood.

Want proof? ESG asked 412 cybersecurity professionals to assess and characterize their knowledge of machine learning/AI as it relates to cybersecurity analytics and operations technologies. Of the total survey population, only 30% of respondents claim to be very knowledgeable in this area. In other words, 70% of cybersecurity professionals really don’t understand where machine learning and AI fit.

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