AI in the future of Web Hosting Cybersecurity
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We live in a marvelous age of technology and innovation. Especially when it comes to computing and AI. There are many examples of ways modern technology has evolved and specialized over time. There are technologies today that we couldn’t have even begun to picture back in the day. VR technology is advancing, the first subdermal implants already exist, and blockchain could make or break our society. But beyond the countless technological advancements happening in the 21st century, programmers and learning algorithm engineers are still hard at work at incorporating artificial intelligence into our lives in meaningful ways. While that happens, we as a Web Hosting Company are extremely interested in how AI can change our sector.
In this latest blog post, we’ll explore how AI could revolutionize the way we handle cybersecurity as web hosting companies in the future!
Web Hosting and its cybersecurity challenges
There is no denying that cybercrime is on the rise. We’ve even made a blog post about it that you can read if you are interested. Let’s cut to the chase and not beat around the bush: the most significant threat on the internet is that our private data is at risk. Because of this, cybersecurity has become a priority for many businesses. Particularly those who operate online. And it is a concern and priority for web hosting businesses most of all to have the best cybersecurity and precautions that can be made.
Despite the advances in cybersecurity, these challenges that web hosting companies face are still relevant:
- Hunting threats manually proves to be expensive and time-consuming.
- Malicious users make use of sophisticated technology like VPN and proxies to hide, all the while using advanced platforms to execute their attacks and exploits.
- Most web hosting companies have restricted predictive and preventive methods thus can only start addressing and investigating the issue only after it has already occurred.
- The distance between IT systems is another hurdle for most web hosting companies, making incident tracking harder to accomplish.
AI and its context in relation to Web Hosting
It’s a well-known fact in information technology circles and tech magazines that AI is already bringing revolution to various fields and industries. In the cybersecurity field, AI is finally getting its time to showcase its potential. A typical data breach can cost a lot to a web host. And this kind of technology can help prevent that in the first place. One of the selling points of Artificial Intelligence is that it can recognize patterns in data much more effectively than humans can. Do you see how that could help? It would allow security systems to learn from experience. Then they’d be practically improving themselves.
A self-improving system designed to counteract malicious activity and bolster cybersecurity is practically an investment that keeps on giving back. It saves on time and resources. It’s a real game-changer, in whatever way you look at it!
Predicting threats before they happen
And now we come to the key reasons to begin including AI in Web Hosting now more than ever. A properly functioning cybersecurity artificial intelligence can track threats and use predictive algorithms to enable Web Hosting companies to anticipate attacks before they happen accurately. Traditional strategies of cybersecurity involve a lot of reliance on indicators to locate threats. This kind of strategy would only work effectively for threats that have already occurred. For web hosting companies, such a strategy would at best be able to work at detecting 90% of threats. As opposed to AI-based cybersecurity, which would raise it up to 95%. And if these signature-based strategies are supplemented by AI, well we are looking at 99% or down-the-line 100%!
Any cybersecurity expert can guarantee this to be a real possibility and we’ll be monitoring very closely in order to provide you with the best technologies on the market, especially when it comes to your security!
AI can help in-house cyber analysts
Many web hosting companies have cyber analysts or system administrators who try to predict and assess security risks and issues. Regardless of how good they are at their job, they are often bogged down by a lot of tasks that they have to accomplish. This takes them away from the valuable time they could be doing examining incidents and looking at the bigger picture. Do you see where we are going with this? AI can pick up many of these mundane tasks and provide some breathing room to these invaluable specialists.
Behavioral Data and Analytics
Data is a valuable resource when managing a web hosting business. Through artificial intelligence, we can begin to collect very detailed analytics. How would that work? The AI would analyze the patterns of behavior of the web host with their users. The algorithms develop while observing and documenting interactions between these two entities. And because these interactions are crucial to cybersecurity, it would allow the AI to provide the web host detailed information about how it has been managed over the years.
When the algorithms of this Artificial Intelligence identify unusual and abnormal changes in the web hosting infrastructure, it will alert the system administrators directly. Whether it’s something like uptime discrepancies or server information… it all adds up to the bigger picture that the AI would be able to help these sysadmins see!
A lot of things are up in the air when it comes to AI currently. We can guarantee that it will be playing an even bigger role in the years to come. As you can see, AI managing cybersecurity for web hosts is definitely looking promising. We need to evolve as a sector in simple terms. That is how we are going to defend private data from malicious digital entities and threat actors.
If you still have any questions, suggestions or concerns feel free to reach back to us at any time. HostArmada remains ready to be deployed 24/7!