Mikko Hyppönen on the future of cybersecurity in an AI-driven world

Posted by Mike Walsh

Mar 31, 2024 1:53:51 PM

Mikko Hyponnen


Mikko Hyppönen is a renowned Finnish cybersecurity expert and the Chief Research Officer at WithSecure. In our discussion, we delved into the rapidly evolving landscape of cybersecurity threats, particularly focusing on the impact of artificial intelligence and large language models. 

Mikko and I covered a wide range of topics, from the scalability of AI-powered scams and phishing attacks to the emergence of "cybercrime unicorns" - highly organized and well-funded criminal organizations. Hyppönen emphasized the importance of visibility, anomaly detection, and the use of AI in defending against these threats. He also touched upon the need for regulation and the establishment of principles to guide the development and use of AI systems.

The 5 Key Takeaways:

1. AI-powered scams and phishing attacks are becoming more sophisticated, personalized, and scalable, posing significant challenges for organizations and individuals.


2. The rise of "cybercrime unicorns" - well-organized and funded criminal organizations - is a growing concern in the cybersecurity landscape.

3. Visibility, anomaly detection, and the use of AI in defensive strategies are crucial for organizations to protect themselves against evolving threats.

4.  Regulation and the establishment of guiding principles are necessary to ensure the responsible development and use of AI systems in cybersecurity.


5. Organizations must have well-defined plans and the ability to adapt quickly when faced with cybersecurity incidents, such as ransomware attacks.




CATEGORY: Cybersecurity