Sofia CyberSec was an exciting opportunity to share our thoughts and experience together with business leaders, government officials, colleagues from the cybersecurity domain and software developers. The discussions covered the wide spectre of cybersecurity challenges at hand. We decided to lean towards Artificial Intelligence (AI) in this context.

We have accustomed to viewing AI either as a threat to humanity or as a solution to all our problems. But as Lyubomir Tulev, our Chief Cyber Security Operations Lead, said on the main stage, we should look at it more comprehensively, as it can be both. He took as an example chat bots. Gartner’s forecast is that by 2020 85% of our interactions with enterprises will be through automated intelligent means. There are many rational reasons for that, including the fact, that the experience can be quick and streamlined. However, in certain situations an improper implementation of chat bots may turn into an effective attack vector.

 

In fact, we should never blindly take cybersecurity for granted. To illustrate the seriousness of this, Tulev hijacked a session of a user, whose account was protected with 2FA (Two Factor Authentication), during our Security Lab. All measures were in place, yet a single mistake by the end user let a malicious actor take control of the victim’s Facebook account.

Alexander Klassanov, Senior Security and Privacy Consultant at AMATAS, then took the perspective of organisations. He talked about how Artificial Intelligence with its speed and scale of impact already magnifies our capabilities to identify threats and quickly react to them, thus minimising the cybersecurity risk. We will soon discuss this further.

We would like to thank the Digital National Alliance for the invitation to take part in the event and share our hands-on experience and knowledge with the audience!

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