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Defenders' Dilemma: Can AI Bolster Cyber Resilience?

Visa's Subra Kumaraswamy on Threat Detection, AI and Third-Party Supply Chain Risk
Subra Kumaraswamy, senior vice president, CISO, Visa

As the threat landscape evolves rapidly with sophisticated attack vectors and adversaries leveraging AI for malicious purposes, businesses must proactively harness AI to bolster their cyber resilience capabilities, said Subra Kumaraswamy, senior vice president and CISO at Visa.

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Organizations face three challenges: staying ahead of the dynamic threat landscape, responsibly leveraging AI to outmaneuver adversaries, and ensuring transparency and robust posture against third- and fourth-party supply chain risks.

"We've been using AI for the last 30 years, and we've protected $40 billion of fraud using AI technology. We are looking to use generative AI in different ways, such as improving developer productivity and arming our front-line defenders with AI tools for faster threat detection and response," Kumaraswamy said.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2024, Kumaraswamy also discussed:

  • Visa's multipronged approach to addressing the cybersecurity skills gap through certification programs, apprenticeships and hiring military veterans;
  • The importance of data governance to prevent misuse of AI;
  • The need to extend supply chain risk assessments beyond third parties to fourth parties.

Before he was named as CISO at Visa, Kumaraswamy served as vice president of security architecture for cybersecurity at the company. He has more than 30 years of experience in senior leadership roles at organizations including Apigee Corp. and Intuit.


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Rahul Neel Mani

Rahul Neel Mani

Founding Director of Grey Head Media and Vice President of Community Engagement and Editorial, ISMG

Neel Mani is responsible for building and nurturing communities in both technology and security domains for various ISMG brands. He has more than 25 years of experience in B2B technology and telecom journalism and has worked in various leadership editorial roles in the past, including incubating and successfully running Grey Head Media for 11 years. Prior to starting Grey Head Media, he worked with 9.9 Media, IDG India and Indian Express.




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