AI is a priority for 91% of professionals worldwide, according to a Check Point Software survey

A recent survey of Check Point‍ Software Technologies reveals how hundreds of professionals from different industries have been using AI, to what extent it is a priority for their companies and how it has impacted workers. It also highlights that, despite the slow and cautious adoption of AI in cybersecurity so far, 91% consider it a priority.

How do companies approach AI for cybersecurity for the future?

Several survey questions asked respondents about the current status of AI in their companies’ cybersecurity plans, including the degree of implementation and its evolution. His answers paint a picture of a sector moving slowly, although he may not have bet on AI as much as some might expect.

61% of respondents described the adoption of AI and ML in cybersecurity by their company as in the “planning” or “development” phase, a percentage significantly higher than 24% that classifies it as “mature” or “advanced” and 15% say they haven’t implemented it at all.

48% of respondents clearly see the ability of AI to automate repetitive tasks and improve detection of anomalies and malware

Respondents clearly see the ability of AI to automate repetitive tasks and improve detection of anomalies and malware, with 48% identifying it as the area with the greatest potential. In addition, 41% believe that reinforcement is a good option for dynamic safety management through the use of AI, which is especially interesting compared to the 18% that currently uses it for this function.

The answers to the question “What cloud cybersecurity features in your business have been enhanced with AI and ML?”: malware detection is at the top with 35% and analysis of user behavior and supply chain security right behind.

Respondents identified vulnerability assessment and threat detection as the main advantages of incorporating AI into cybersecurity operations. However, profitability was the least popular response, with only 21%. This is probably due to the high cost associated with regulatory compliance and the implementation of these technologies, leading most to not consider AI as a key tool to save money.

49% of respondents say that AI requires new skills and 35% that jobs have been redefined

The impact of AI on cybersecurity personnel remains an open question with no clear answers. 49% say AI requires new skills and 35% believe that jobs have been redefined. And while 33% say their workforce size has shrunk as a result of AI, 29% say it has actually increased. It is clear that the implementation of AI in cybersecurity is a work in progress and, although greater efficiency is a promise that could be realized in the future, for now many companies are having to hire more people to integrate the new technology.

On the other hand, 44% are not comfortable using Generative AI in their company without implementing any internal control for data quality and policies, while 37% say they would agree or strongly agree.

The perspective of Check Point Software

AI plays a crucial role in improving cybersecurity measures and asset protection, especially when integrated with the product portfolio, allowing you to automate repetitive tasks, improve threat detection and response and provide significant value to customers.

It is important to note that the successful implementation of Artificial Intelligence requires careful integration and control. To achieve the highest efficiency and accuracy AI can deliver, consider how to integrate AI into existing systems and processes. Proper management mechanisms are crucial to ensure that AI is used responsibly and effectively.

Check Point Security Consulting leverages this expertise along with independent frameworks such as NIST CSF, SABSA and Zero Trust Architecture to provide advisory and evaluation services to the company’s global customer community.