During the recent RSA cybersecurity conference, experts and officials expressed concerns about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) by cyber criminals. Criminals are using AI to automate personalised phishing attacks across email, voice and encrypted channels like WhatsApp. They’re also creating more sophisticated and believable disinformation campaigns. Experts fear that AI-powered software will enable attackers to breach corporate networks, disguise themselves to evade detection and extract data undetected. To fight against the growing threat, companies should ensure their systems don’t make an easy target for bad actors. Key defences include strong, unique passwords, system segmentation and ongoing employee education. Should a phishing attempt succeed, the defences are then designed to limit the damage as much as possible.