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Google Boss Says AI Is Key To Strengthening Cybersecurity

Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has highlighted the potential of artificial intelligence to bolster cybersecurity measures against escalating threats. 

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Sundar Pichai addressed concerns about AI's misuse.

He spoke on AI's capacity to enhance the detection and counteraction of cyber threats for governments and corporations. 

Cyberattacks have not only grown more complex but also carry major economic repercussions.

Projections estimate a rise in costs from $8 trillion in 2023 to $10.5 trillion by 2025, as reported by Cybersecurity Ventures.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre has warned about AI lowering the entry barriers for cybercriminals and fostering more aggressive cyber activities, including ransomware attacks. 

Pichai said AI represents a pivotal moment for shifting the cybersecurity balance in favor of defenders.

He said: “We are right to be worried about the impact on cybersecurity. But AI, I think actually, counterintuitively, strengthens our defense on cybersecurity.

“AI disproportionately helps the people defending because you’re getting a tool which can impact it at scale versus the people who are trying to exploit.

“So, in some ways, we are winning the race."

Leading tech companies, including Adobe, Amazon, Google, IBM, Meta, Microsoft, OpenAI, TikTok, and X have recently signed an agreement.

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There’s a growing significance of the internet as a battleground for influence, a sentiment echoed by former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who labeled cyberspace as "a new battlefield."

A Microsoft report indicated using its OpenAI large language model by state-backed hackers from Russia, China, and Iran to improve phishing operations

Tools inspired by technologies such as ChatGPT are being utilized not only for malicious purposes but also for defending against such threats, as noted by Mark Hughes, president of security at DXC Technology. 

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