When you suspect your system has been compromised, the work has only just begun. You start the process of sifting through all of the data to find abnormalities and that takes a lot of time and effort. This is when artificial intelligence (AI) shines. This interesting information came to our attention at “MIT is Teaching AI to Fight Cyberattacks.”

AI never gets tired. Unlike humans and more like the Energizer bunny, it goes and goes and delivers far better results. A system called AI2 (wait, what?), developed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory can review data from tens of millions of log lines each day and pinpoint anything suspicious.

The creators consider AI2 the best of both worlds—AI’s stamina and speed combined with the human factor of providing context. Other machine-learning systems dig through mountains of data looking for suspicious activity. But only AI2 uses regular input from analysts to turn that mountain into a molehill. A machine alone lacks the expertise to do the job.

Melody K. Smith

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