A dearth of skilled cybersecurity professionals will represent one of the biggest challenges to infosec, says IBM Security’s Mary O’Brien.

Mary O’Brien is the vice-president of development for IBM Security. She leads a global team of 2,000 research and development professionals focused on delivering IBM’s extensive security product portfolio.

“I think AI is going to make a huge impact in the war on cybercrime because there is a huge shortage of skilled security professionals in the world right now,” O’Brien told Siliconrepublic.com.

“It is reckoned that there will be in the region of 1.2m unfilled cybersecurity roles by 2020.

“With the use of machine as the assistant to the human cybersecurity analyst, it will make it possible to keep up with the rate and pace of cybercrime.”


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