8th October 2018, By Curtis Franklin Jr.
Artificial intelligence (AI) holds the promise of easing the skills shortage in cybersecurity, but implementing AI may result in a talent gap of its own for the industry.
Ann Johnson is leaning forward from her seat in the lobby of a tourist-district Hilton as she shares her excitement about the promise of AI. “Microsoft sees 6.5 trillion security signals a day,” she says. “AI helps rationalize them down to a quantity that humans can deal with.”
As corporate vice president in Microsoft’s Cybersecurity Solutions Group, Johnson spends a lot of time thinking about tools to make human security analysts more effective. “The goal is to reduce the number of humans required – since there aren’t nearly enough humans to do the work – and automate simple remediation, leaving humans to do more complex work,” she explains.