Optiv Cybersecurity Dictionary

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is technology that appears to emulate human behavior in that it can continually learn and draw its own conclusions (even based on novel or abstract concepts), engage in natural dialog with people and/or replace people in the execution of more complex (non-routine) tasks.


AI may allow computer systems to automatically learn and improve their capabilities based on experience without being explicitly programmed. Potential applications for AI in the field of data analytics are immense, and this also relates to the field of analyzing data for cybersecurity. With AI, what might take days for a human to understand, takes minutes. 


Moreover, algorithms also learn and predict based on experience and results, lessening the time to detection. AI may have a profound impact for both malicious and defensive cybersecurity applications.

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