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Managing a business on your own is challenging enough without worrying about cyberattacks. However, there is cause for alarm as hackers are using artificial intelligence (AI) to launch sophisticated cyberattacks to steal your data and disrupt business operations.

The good news is there are steps you can take to protect your business. This blog will explain how AI is being used in cybercrime and how you can safeguard your business.

 

How Hackers Use AI

Here are some of the ways cybercriminals are exploiting AI:

 

Deepfakes:

Hackers use AI to create highly realistic fake videos or audio recordings to impersonate someone you know, like your boss or a trusted friend. These deepfakes can be used to trick you into sending money or sharing sensitive information.

How to spot it: Closely look for details like unnatural facial movements or sloppy voice synchronization.

 

AI-Powered Password Cracking:

With the help of AI, cybercriminals can effortlessly crack common and easy passwords. Hackers with access to advanced computation offered by AI can automate the breaching process, so they can try millions of combinations to guess your password.

How to fight back: Always use unique passwords. Consider reaching out to Databranch to start the process of using a password manager.

 

AI-Assisted Hacking:

Hackers no longer have to spend hours looking for vulnerabilities. Instead, with the help of AI, they can create automated programs that not only identify weaknesses in your system but also create new types of malware.

How to stay ahead: Keep your security systems and software updated. Also, a mandate should be set up to scan for vulnerabilities routinely.

 

Supply Chain Attacks:

Threat actors use AI to insert malicious code into legitimate vendor products, which eventually will compromise your system as well. In a Business Email Compromise (BEC) instance, a hacker can also insert malicious content into reply chain emails coming from vendors vendors and suppliers

How to protect yourself: Only download software from trusted sources. Always be vigilant with updates, patches, and any email links.

 

Boost Your Defenses

AI-powered cybercrime is a growing threat. That’s why having Databranch by your side can be the ultimate weapon in your arsenal. Partner with us to leverage advanced technology to fortify your defenses. Download our checklist today to get started.

Reach out to us today at 716-373-4467 option 6, or [email protected] for a free consultation and learn how our team can secure your business against evolving cyber risks.

The rise of AI has sparked a revolution. Everyone, from industry giants to smaller enterprises, is captivated and eager to leverage AI’s endless possibilities.

However, amid the celebrations of AI’s merits, let’s not ignore its potential risks. A new array of cyberthreats emerges when intricate AI algorithms cross paths with malicious cyber elements. From AI-powered phishing schemes to ultra-realistic deepfakes, these dangers serve as a reminder to stay vigilant and prepared.

In this blog, we embark on a journey to explore AI benefits and risks. Our aim is to guide you in harnessing AI’s strengths while safeguarding against its potential pitfalls.

AI’s Positive Impact on Business

The top benefits of AI include:

Smart Data Analysis

AI’s expertise lies in swiftly deciphering massive data sets to uncover patterns. This ability proves invaluable in traversing through modern markets. The insights derived empower you to make well-founded decisions, steering clear of guesswork.

Boosted Productivity

AI’s automation prowess liberates your employees from mundane tasks, helping them focus on more critical tasks. Tedious and manual work can now be done seamlessly without human intervention, boosting productivity.

Faster Business Maneuvering

In an ever-evolving technological landscape, keeping up to date is paramount. AI empowers you to process and respond to real-time information promptly. This agility enables swift reactions to evolving scenarios, customer demands and opportunities.

AI’s Cyber Challenges

As we delve into the world of AI, we must also acknowledge the potential risks:

AI-powered Phishing Scams

Sneaky cybercriminals employ AI-driven chatbots to create impeccable phishing emails without the usual red flags, such as grammar errors. These attacks exploit human vulnerabilities, luring even the most vigilant to share sensitive information.

To bolster your defense, exercise caution with emails from unfamiliar sources. Scrutinize sender details, avoid suspicious links and employ anti-phishing tools for added protection.

Malicious AI-Generated Code

Cybercriminals harness AI tools for swift code generation, surpassing manual capabilities. These generated code snippets find their way into malware and other malicious software.

Defend against these intricate schemes by educating your team about them. Strengthen your defenses through layered security measures, such as firewalls, antivirus software and automated patch management.

Is your company looking for on-going cybersecurity training? Our Breach Prevention Platform and Security Awareness Training will give your employees the resources they need to spot real world phishing attempts. Contact Databranch today to learn more!

Deepfakes and Impersonations

AI-generated deepfakes can propagate misinformation, deceiving unsuspecting individuals and leading to fraud or character defamation. For example, in the current era, where many banks rely on online KYC (KYC or Know Your Customer is commonly implemented in banks to comply with regulatory requirements and mitigate the risk of financial crimes), malicious actors can create ultra-realistic videos using another person’s voice and image samples to open accounts for illegal transactions.

Identifying deepfakes necessitates a discerning eye. Among other factors, anomalies in skin texture, blinking patterns and facial shadows help distinguish genuine content from manipulated content.

Collaborative Path to Success

At the crossroads of innovation and challenges, knowledge takes center stage.

Our comprehensive eBook, “Shielding Your Enterprise: A Guide to Navigating AI Safety,” stands as your compass in the AI landscape. Fill out the form below to delve into AI’s intricacies and acquire strategies for responsible and secure utilization in your business.

If you need expert guidance, Databranch is here to help you navigate todays threat landscape. Contact us today at 716-373-4467 x6 or [email protected] and together, we’ll navigate AI’s realm, harness its power and ensure your organization’s safety.

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