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New cybersecurity tool tracks cyberattacks like viruses using ‘epidemiological AI’

By Ken Wong - on 15 Nov 2021, 12:27pm

New cybersecurity tool tracks cyberattacks like viruses using ‘epidemiological AI’

Security researchers from BT (formerly British Telecom) Labs in the United Kingdom have developed a cybersecurity tool called Inflame that uses “deep reinforcement learning” to enable enterprises to automatically detect and respond to cyber-attacks before they compromise a network.

Deep reinforcement learning combines machine learning and deep learning where intelligent machines learn from their actions like humans learning from experience.

The security researchers used epidemiological modelling typically associated with the spread of viruses and diseases amongst human populations to understand how computer viruses and cyber-attacks spread across enterprise networks, and how to prevent them from happening.

Inflame is part of BT’s recently announced ‘Eagle-I’ cyber defence platform, incorporating AI to anticipate and detect threats to the network and produce automated responses in real-time. The platform has been designed to self-learn from the intelligence provided by each intervention so that it constantly improves its threat knowledge and dynamically refines how it protects other users going forward.

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