Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning , Next-Generation Technologies & Secure Development , Video

Dr. Jassim Haji on the AI Conundrum for Cyber Defenders

Why Cyber Defenders Aren't as Successful in Leveraging AI as Their Attackers
Dr. Jassim Haji, president, International Group of Artificial Intelligence

The complexities and lengthy processes involved in creating and deploying an artificial intelligence algorithm often act as roadblocks that keep cyber defenders from moving quickly against the attackers, says Dr. Jassim Haji, president of the International Group of Artificial Intelligence.

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Haji says the main advantage cyberattackers have in deploying AI is that they do not have to go through lengthy processes. "The attackers can build an algorithm, monitor patterns and behaviors, and as they see the opportunity, go and carry out their tasks," Haji says.

"On the defending side," he says, building and inhabiting "the machine learning within your system is a lengthy process. By the time you design and implement, the attackers have moved to the next level and they have different machine-learning capabilities."

Haji cautions organizations against excessive use of chat bots and robotic process automation, or RPAs. "If you don't know how secure they are, do not implement them. They could be another layer to assist the attackers."

In this video interview with Information Security media Group, Haji also discusses:

  • Why building a predictive algorithm is important;
  • Major areas of focus for cyber defenders;
  • Initiatives taken by the government in Bahrain to promote AI.

Haji, who leads the Artificial Intelligence Society in Bahrain, has over 30 years of management and executive experience in aviation, hospitality, technology and telecommunications. He has served on the board of directors of a leading hospitality and tourism technology provider in the Middle East and on the SITA Council representing the Middle East and North Africa and has played a role in the Bahrain Center of Excellence. Haji previously worked at Sprint Telecommunications, Gulf Air, Sabre and EDS.

About the Author

Suparna Goswami

Suparna Goswami

Associate Editor, ISMG

Goswami has more than 10 years of experience in the field of journalism. She has covered a variety of beats including global macro economy, fintech, startups and other business trends. Before joining ISMG, she contributed for Forbes Asia, where she wrote about the Indian startup ecosystem. She has also worked with UK-based International Finance Magazine and leading Indian newspapers, such as DNA and Times of India.

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