The good news is following the NHS cyber attack, A&Es are ‘fully open’ again, but the political chaos continues and the latest finger is pointing to North Korea. The whole episode underlines the need for updates and backups. But, with the problem of cyber threats gaining an increasing amount of exposure worldwide, one company is using artificial intelligence to combat the threat.

Something we found interesting in all the chatter is a Cambridge firm Darktrace. Darktrace is using a novel cyber security concept based on the human immune system to sniff out threats. By using self-learning advanced algorithms, their technology uses life patterns for users and devices in order to detect possible problems, with the effect of safeguarding sensitive information further. As with the human immune system, the technology is designed to deal with threats without impacting on the core components of a network.

Darktrace’s Asia Pacific Managing Director, Sanjay Aurora, spoke to CNBC recently. He explained to the news platform: “The philosophy of our entire portfolio, or our approach, is largely based on this DNA: human immune system. How have human beings, for millions of years, thrived and survived? (It) is because of our immune system. Almost every day, we’re hit by unknown unknowns, which is the way organisations are also hit… in terms of viruses and malware.”

Known as ‘cyber AI’, or alternatively ‘machine learning’, this is an interesting development which hints at more solutions which offer an autonomous response to cyber threats, and certainly one which we will be keeping an eye on here at Nimbus.

Meanwhile, the revenue for AI systems has been projected to reach £36 billion by the year 2020, the International Data Corporation (IDC) has predicted in its new spending guide. Most of that figure will be attributed to software, according to the IDC, including cognitive applications such as machine learning, tagging and rich media analytics, as well as cognitive software platforms, which are important to the development of intelligent solutions.

Looking at the geographical split, the North America region encompassing the United States and Canada was the biggest market for AI spend in 2016, with revenues reaching £4.3 billion. EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) is second in terms of the AI market share, but it is slated that Asia Pacific – including Japan and China – will reach level pegging with EMEA by the year 2020.

Food for thought indeed by that human or otherwise…

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