With the release of ChatGPT along with an ever-increasing rate of AI-powered Cyber Attacks, anyone with an Internet connection now has free access to one of the most powerful AI tools we’ve seen in the open market. While it can be a tool for good, it can just as easily spell disaster for business cybersecurity defense.
Most IT and cybersecurity leaders have not begun considering the hostile use of AI, let alone allocating budget for defenses against it. But cybersecurity researchers are watching closely as ChatGPT and similar AI tools lower the technical requirements needed to successfully complete ransomware and other cyberattacks.
Ransomware is the leading cyberthreat to businesses, especially in Middle East, inflicting costly data theft and downtime on companies of every size with SME’s and SMB’s in particular. Criminals have gotten more effective in distributing their malware widely and getting victims to pay with new pressure tactics.
This virtual boardroom will dig into the ways criminals are projected to take advantage of ChatGPT and other AI tools to improve the reach and effectiveness of their ransomware attacks. The session will conclude with a review of a 12-step plan that businesses can use to improve their active defenses as well as their mitigation of and recovery from successful ransomware attacks — both conventional and AI-enabled.
The current cybersecurity threat landscape, including recent ransomware case studies and advances in criminal tactics.
Insights into the key traits of successful cyberattacks
The projected criminal uses of new AI tools like ChatGPT.
A 12-step plan for businesses to improve their cyber protection strategies to improve their ability to defend against and recover from ransomware attacks.
James R. Slaby is the Director of Cyber Protection at Acronis, driving awareness of cybersecurity and data protection solutions for businesses and the MSPs that serve them. Previously, Slaby was an industry analyst covering cybersecurity, cloud computing and networking at Forrester Research, HFS Research, Yankee Group and The Info Pro. With over 300 published tech research reports, he has been quoted in The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, and countless tech publications. Slaby has also held solutions, vertical, product and campaign marketing roles at cybersecurity and networking vendors including Sonus, Acme Packet, Bay Networks and Motorola.
As a Senior Solutions Engineer at Acronis, and supervising the solution engineers in Middle East and Africa, Muhammad Khaled is responsible for delivering the presales engagement with our resellers and service providers to ensure having the proper design and cost effective solution that fits our customer requirements for cyber protection. He holds an Engineering bachelor degree and had been working on the datacenter infrastructure, cyber security and data protection solutions for more than 17 years.
15+ years of experience in Vulnerability Management & Patch Updates, Information Security in Management Systems, & ISMS Lead Auditor Compliance & Risk Management. Worked in Leading Insurance and Banking Sector in Kuwait. Lead Pentester & Auditor for many Healthcare, Educational Institutions. A Social Worker for Cybersecurity Awareness in India, Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia.