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Fight Fire with Fire: Using Generative AI for Proactive Defense

TechSpective Podcast Episode 108


Unless you’ve been camping off the grid for all of 2023 or recently emerged from a year-long coma, you’re most likely aware of all of the buzz and hype around generative AI. Tools like ChatGPT, Dall-E, Google’s Bard, and countless others have proliferated exponentially and captured the attention of both companies and consumers.

Generative AI tools are capable of relatively impressive results. A quick search online will find endless examples of people finding recipes, planning parties, crafting content, creating artwork, and more. There is an array of potential uses and benefits for generative AI. At the same time, there are a variety of ethical questions raised by the technology, as well as issues with the accuracy and veracity of AI responses. One of the top concerns, however, has been about the impact these tools will have on cybersecurity. As threat actors embrace and refine their use of generative AI tools, cyber attacks may increase in both volume and sophistication–especially when it comes to cyber threats that require crafting messages.

Patrick Harr, CEO of SlashNext, joins me on this episode to talk about the ways SlashNext is using generative AI as a tool to stay a step ahead of threat actors and proactively defend against generative AI threats–especially for BEC (business email compromise) and phishing threats.

Check out the full episode for our discussion of the benefits and challenges of generative AI. We also chat about the issue of how generative AI models are trained and where they get their data, and the difficulty of validating or verifying the responses it generates.

The podcast itself is audio-only, but the video of our conversation is also available on YouTube if you prefer:

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