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Cognitive security is the application of AI to identify hacking and to protect computer systems. Cognitive security uses AI to continually mine network activity data to identify anomalies, anticipate threats and be proactive in protecting against cyberattacks.
But beyond hacking and data breeches, a newer type of threat has emerged that cognitive security techniques are being applied to: ‘disinformation campaigns’.
Disinformation is the purposeful spreading of misleading information with the intent of deception. It’s a kind of mental manipulation of an audience. It’s easier for tricksters to engage in and more difficult to track down or prevent — there’s no need to break into protected computer systems.
Marc Rogers, vice president at Okta, told the Wall Street Journal that “in the last 10 years, the information age has really matured. Now for just a few thousand dollars you can invest in some infrastructure and you can launch a disinformation campaign that will bring a country the size of America to its knees.”
The question really is ‘how?’. AI may help you to identify misinformation, but often only after it already may have made an impact on its audience.