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The chief executives of tech giants such as Google, Microsoft and ChatGPT maker OpenAI have advocated for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology in various industries, including against cybercrimes. As concerns over the use of AI technology in cyber crimes grow, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has said that rapid developments in AI may help strengthen defences against security threats.

“We are right to be worried about the impact on cybersecurity. But AI, I think actually, counterintuitively, strengthens our defense on cybersecurity,” Pichai said at the Munich Security Conference last week.

He noted that intelligence tools can be deployed to help governments as well as organisations to speed up the detection of and response to threats from hackers.

Growth of sophisticated cyberattacksHis comments came as there has been a reported uptick in cybersecurity attacks in terms of sophistication and volumes. As per cyber research firm Cybersecurity Ventures, cyberattacks cost the global economy an estimated $8 trillion in 2023.

AI not foolproof solution yetHowever, Pichai pointed out that AI was also lowering the time needed for defenders to detect attacks and react against them.

“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,” he said, adding that the reduced time essentially means that cyberhackers can will have to be successful just once to attack a system whereas a defender has to be successful every time in order to protect it.

“So, in some ways, we are winning the race,” he added.


Pichai noted that AI tools are being put to use in the company’s products, such as Google Chrome and Gmail, as well as its internal systems.


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