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The Critical Role of AI in safeguarding the digital realm – IT News Africa


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In our digital era, the rapid growth of data and technology infrastructures exposes us to sophisticated cybersecurity threats. However, Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers hope by providing advanced tools to strengthen digital security.

AI empowers cybersecurity professionals by automating tasks, allowing focus on strategic operations. With the rise of IoT, 5G, and blockchain, AI becomes a vigilant watchdog, detecting anomalies and potential threats.

Notably, AI has found success in various sectors. Mastercard’s Decision Intelligence identifies fraudulent transactions by analyzing account history and merchant data. HSBC combats money laundering with Quantexa’s AI solution, and JP Morgan’s COiN platform mitigates operational risks through legal document analysis.

AI compliance with regulatory frameworks is crucial in the financial services industry. Companies employ RegTech, powered by AI, for real-time compliance purposes.

AI’s numerous applications, like biometric verification, enhance security. USAA’s mobile app uses facial and voice recognition algorithms to authenticate user identities.

Despite challenges like data privacy and skills gaps, AI’s benefits in financial cybersecurity outweigh risks. Continuous investment in skills, robust security measures, data governance, and AI system updates are essential.

The financial services industry can leverage AI’s transformative potential to establish secure digital assets, contributing to economic growth and a more stable financial system.

By Nick Kock – Head: CSO Business Advisory Services Absa Group

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