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Protecting against AI-enhanced email threats
2024-02-13 05:30

According to a report from Abnormal Security, generative AI is likely behind the significant uptick in the volume and sophistication of email attacks on organizations, with 80% of security leaders stating that their organizations have already fallen victims to AI-generated email attacks.

Even though humans are still better at crafting effective phishing emails, AI is still immensely helpful to cyber crooks: even less-skilled hackers can use it to easily craft credible and customized emails, with no grammar and spelling mistakes, nonsensical requests, etc.

AI has also given cybercriminals the ability to perfect business email compromise scams and spear-phishing attacks by adding deepfakes: a powerful weapon capable of fooling a larger number of recipients and evade detection by traditional email security systems.

Boosting email security with AI. But cybercriminals are not the only ones benefiting from the evolution of AI. In the hands of security practitioners, AI can be a powerful tool that can help protect organizations from sophisticated threats.

AI can monitor email traffic and detect irregularities in communication patterns that often indicate phishing attempts.

Even though many believe AI will be used to skip traditional email protections, this doesn't mean that organizations should abandon them completely.

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