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This article is the first of two parts dealing with cybersecurity: Part 1: First Line of Defense for Cybersecurity: AI. Part 2: Second Line of Defense for Cybersecurity: Blockchain.

The year 2017 wasn’t a great year for cyber-security; we saw a large number of high-profile cyber attacks; including Uber, Deloitte, Equifax and the now infamous WannaCry ransomware attack, and 2018 started with a bang too with the hacking of Winter Olympics. The frightening truth about increasingly cyber-attacks is that most businesses and the cybersecurity industry itself are not prepared. Despite the constant flow of security updates and patches, the number of attacks continues to rise.

Beyond the lack of preparedness on the business level, the cybersecurity workforce itself is also having an incredibly hard time keeping up with demand. By 2021, there are estimated to be an astounding 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions worldwide, the current staff is overworked with an average of 52 hours a week, not an ideal situation to keep up with non-stop threats.

Given the state of cybersecurity today, the implementation of AI systems into the mix can serve as a real turning point. New AI algorithms use Machine Learning (ML) to adapt over time and make it easier …

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