Today PWC published a report which stated that AI will create as many jobs as it displaces by boosting economic growth. In response to the release of this report, Matt Walmsley, EMEA Director at Vectra – a company that automates the hunt for cyber threats by using AI – has provided commentary on how AI is helping to create new cybersecurity jobs.
Matt Walmsley, EMEA Director at Vectra:
“AI is already changing the workplace, and in some areas creating new work opportunities. For example, in the uniquely adversarial world of cybersecurity, we’re seeing that AI is addressing a significant professional skills and resource gap and is reducing the barrier to entry to the cybersecurity profession. Here AI is being used to combat cybersecurity threats by analysing digital communications in real time and spotting the hidden signals to identify attacker behaviour. A task that is simply beyond the scale and speed of humans alone. And when you are able to quickly identify and stop cyberattacks before they’re able to wreak havoc, you dramatically reduce business risk.
We are seeing enterprises actively deploying AI platforms to support junior staff in front-line cybersecurity operations roles. In some cases, even utilising graduate program interns. AI helps these less technically experienced, but still savvy staff, to teach on the job and augment them with intelligent supporting technology. These are people who traditionally would be unable to take on these positions without significant further education, professional development, and substantial experience. This enables them to quickly ramp up to being productive members of the cybersecurity team by using AI to empower them.”