“GenAI gives cybersecurity attacker an asymmetric advantage,” says Akamai’s CEO | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

Generative Artificial Intelligence has given cybersecurity attackers an asymmetric advantage, noted Akamai Technologies’ CEO, Tom Leighton. While speaking to Business Today, the CEO of the cybersecurity company addressed various topics, including cybersecurity challenges, investments, and sustainability.

“GenAI gives an asymmetric advantage to the attacker,” said Dr Leighton. “It really makes life better for the attacker, and we’ve had folks in the lab that have used Gen AI to quickly make some pretty sophisticated bots, and quickly more malware into a lot of different variations, which makes it much harder for the defender to guard against. So I think this is resulting in an increased volume of attacks and variety of attacks. And that’s not a great situation.”

The CEO said that sustainability in data centers is a critical concern globally. He acknowledged the energy challenge in data centers and the need to balance the sustainability equation. However, he pointed out that cybersecurity is not as energy-intensive as data centers, making it easier to address sustainability concerns in this context.

Dr Leighton noted that to address this issue, governments are taking up some measures.

He said, “It’s the data centers and the compute, because they’re burning a lot of CPU. And there is a cost there today, and that I think, there will be now, some governments may make it more balanced by taxing, you know, unclean, you know, sources of energy, and then it becomes imbalanced to incent companies to go with clean sources. Cybersecurity is much easier, because, the compute overhead is pretty low.”


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