AI Cyberattack: What you Need to Know to Protect Your Organization

Cyber Security, Security Awareness Training

Artificial intelligence is being used as a tool by cybercriminals, making their phishing attacks appear more credible and harmful than ever before. With AI, scammers can create convincing phishing messages, impersonate the voice of your coworker, and even generate video, increasing their chances for success. Organizations must have comprehensive cybersecurity training and practices in place to counteract threats and safeguard their operations.


Dangers of AI in cyberattacks

AI is getting better at mimicking human language. It can now write messages and even copy the writing style of a manager. This makes phishing hard to detect. But it doesn’t stop at written messages – AI is creating realistic images, audio, and even videos. Imagine getting an email from your boss with their regular signature along with a video message that looks and sounds like them, urging you to take immediate action. You’re likely convinced at that point, right?

AI can also automate the entire attack process, which is why they are now more frequent and widespread. They launch phishing campaigns and manage communications with little human help. This means they can target multiple businesses at once and more often, increasing their chance of success.


Warning signs

Out of the normal – Do not deviate from standard protocol, especially if it involves money.

Suspicious requests – Look out for requests for sensitive information or unexpected financial transactions.

Unknown accounts – They are referencing accounts or details you are unfamiliar with.


Ways to protect your organization

Verify requests – Always verify requests for sensitive information or financial transactions, especially if it’s unusual and urgent. This is done by contacting the requestor through another trusted communication channel.

Pay attention to the details – Always check email addresses, hover URLs, and other details to ensure they are not subtly altered. Look for incorrect grammar and tone, but remember with AI this might be difficult to spot.

Report suspicious activity – Encourage your employees to report any suspicious messages to your IT department immediately.

Establish clear processes and rules – Make sure everyone knows the processes and rules for approving sensitive actions or transactions. Designate specific people for different actions.

Regular training – Implement training to keep your employees informed about the latest threats through education and then regular phishing simulations so your employees get practical experience in identifying and handling threats.

If you suspect you made a fraudulent payment – Inform your IT department, police, and your bank.


Investing in cybersecurity training

The best defense against AI in cyberattacks is a well-informed and vigilant workforce. Training, like ours, involves monthly engaging content to cover the latest attack methods and ways to recognize them. Then your employees undergo simulations to get practical experience in identifying and reporting them in one easy click. Consistent training keeps this knowledge top of mind.


By understanding these dangers and implementing strong cybersecurity practices, businesses can protect themselves from these increasingly comprehensive cyberattacks. Stay vigilant, stay well-informed, and prioritize training to keep your organization safe.