75% of cybersecurity professionals see the benefits of AI
According to new report from Exabeam, three quarters of cybersecurity professionals believe that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are beneficial to their roles.
The results came from a survey of 481 security professionals throughout March 2018, gaining incite on the attitudes of key decision makers towards new and emerging technologies.
Although less than a third are currently utilising AI and ML, 46.4% of respondents to the survey revealed that they are planning to implement these technologies in security practices in the near future.
“Overall, participants believe AI and machine learning can contribute to improved security in their organization,” the report reads. “More than 75% of survey participants agreed that AI and machine learning can help with security, while approximately 5% said that it would not be helpful within their organizations.”
Further, whilst there are positive signs in the way of innovative solutions being leveraged in security networks, 80% of professionals surveyed state that they do not feel that their jobs are under threat from these technologies, and 86% reveal that they would recommend a career as a security analyst to new graduates.
Discord buys Sentropy to fight against hate and abuse online
Discord, a popular chat app, has acquired the software company Sentropy to bolster its efforts to combat online abuse and harassment. Sentropy, monitors online networks for abuse and harassment, then offers users a way to block problematic people and filter out messages they don’t want to see.
First launched in 2015 and currently boasting 150 million monthly active users, Discord plans to integrate Sentropy’s own products into its existing toolkit and the company will also bring the smaller company’s leadership group aboard. Discord currently uses a “multilevel” approach to moderation, and a Trust and Safety (T&S) team dedicated to protecting users and shaping content moderation policies comprised 15% of Discord’s workforce as of May 2020.
“T&S tech and processes should not be used as a competitive advantage,” Sentropy CEO John Redgrave said in a blog post on the announcement. “We all deserve digital and physical safety, and moderators deserve better tooling to help them do one of the hardest jobs online more effectively and with fewer harmful impacts.”
Cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse
Redgrave elaborated on the company’s natural connection with Discord: “Discord represents the next generation of social companies — a generation where users are not the product to be sold, but the engine of connectivity, creativity, and growth. In this model, user privacy and user safety are essential product features, not an afterthought. The success of this model depends upon building next-generation Trust and Safety into every product. We don’t take this responsibility lightly and are humbled to work at the scale of Discord and with Discord’s resources to increase the depth of our impact.”
Sentropy launched out of stealth last summer with an AI system designed to detect, track and cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse. The company emerged then with $13 million in funding from notable backers including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and his VC firm Initialized Capital, King River Capital, Horizons Ventures and Playground Global.
“We are excited to help Discord decide how we can most effectively share with the rest of the Internet the best practices, technology, and tools that we’ve developed to protect our own communities,” Redgrave said.