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          From Defence to Dollars, How AI is Reshaping Cybersecurity Stocks

          Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

          Written by: Rahul Bhushan

          Published: 10 November 2023



          Key takeaways

          The cybersecurity industry is growing significantly in response to escalating digital threats, with a projected market value exceeding $USD 650 billion by 2030.

          AI-powered cybersecurity tools can improve the speed and precision of threat detection, deliver operational efficiencies, but also bring ethical and regulatory challenges.

          As a result, leading cybersecurity companies are now heavily investing in AI infrastructure as well as training and upskilling their workforce.

          Have you ever wondered what it would be like if cybersecurity systems could not only react to threats but predict and prevent them before they occur?

          This once speculative scenario is rapidly becoming a reality, thanks to the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into cybersecurity strategies. In this blog, we’ll dive into how AI is expected to revolutionise the cybersecurity industry. From drastically improving the speed and precision of threat detection to delivering astonishing operational efficiencies, AI is not just an add-on; it’s becoming the backbone of more resilient, agile and cost-effective cybersecurity delivery. Join us as we unpack how AI-powered cybersecurity is expected to become the next big theme in the industry.

          The Current Cybersecurity Landscape

          Cybersecurity companies face a daunting challenge. The threat landscape is constantly evolving, with attackers becoming more cunning and persistent and increasingly deploying advanced technologies. According to Statista’s Technology Market Outlook, the global cost of cybercrime is expected to exceed $USD 20 trillion by 2027.1 This figure becomes even more staggering when considering the vast amount of cybercrime that goes undetected. Such hidden crimes often inflict billions in latent damage, striking companies at their most vulnerable and least prepared moments.

          Chart_Cybercrime expected to increase in the coming years 2018-2027

          In response to these growing challenges, the cybersecurity industry is experiencing significant growth. According to a report by Next Move Strategy Consulting released in early 2023, the global cybersecurity market, valued at $USD 221 billion as of 2022, is on a steep upward trajectory.2 By 2030, this figure is expected to exceed $USD 650 billion, reflecting the increasing demand for advanced security products.3

          Chart: Global cybersecurity market value projected significant growth 2021-2030

          AI-powered threat detection is poised to be a major driver of this growth. The technology excels at identifying anomalies, malicious patterns and Zero Day attacks that elude human analysts.

          For instance, Palo Alto Networks has seen a 97% reduction in false positives and a 60% increase in threat prevention capabilities through their AI implementation for threat detection in Security Operations (SecOps).4

          Furthermore, AI has the potential to radically streamline operations within SecOps Centers by automating routine tasks such as log analysis, incident response and patch management. Fortinet’s implementation of AI-driven automation has led to a 40% reduction in operational costs, for example.5

          But the transformative power of AI in cybersecurity extends beyond these applications, encompassing machine learning, deep learning and natural language processing as well. The power to analyse vast datasets and identify real-time (potential) threats, which is an increasing need given the growing complexity and volume of attacks, is now critical. Consider that each day, 560,000 new pieces of malware are detected, overwhelming traditional software systems.6 AI can aid in filtering these threats, pinpointing those needing further analysis. This approach is already reducing cybersecurity costs.

          Additionally, a 2022 survey revealed that 59% of companies face a cybersecurity talent shortage, potentially impacting their ability to (currently) manage cyber-attacks effectively.7

          AI can fill this gap too.

          Reflecting this need, the global AI market specifically for cybersecurity is projected to expand from about $USD 10 billion today to nearly $USD 40 billion by 2026, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of over 20% for the next 3 years.8

          This significant growth not only underscores AI’s pivotal role in evolving cybersecurity solutions but also mirrors the increasing complexity of threat detection in today’s digital landscape.

          While the integration of AI in cybersecurity heralds a new era of efficiency and effectiveness, it’s equally important to address the complex challenges it brings, ranging from ethical considerations to regulatory requirements.

          Balancing Innovation and Regulatory Challenges

          While AI offers significant benefits for cybersecurity, it also presents challenges such as ethical and privacy concerns, biases in algorithms and the need for regulatory oversight. As highlighted by Symantec (now NortonLifeLock), responsible AI implementation will be a critical concern for governments.

          In late October, the White House announced that President Joe Biden will be signing an executive order aiming to guide the development of AI, requiring firms working on potentially dangerous models to share safety data with the government before their release. The White House announcement follows the EU and China in unveiling its own proposed AI regulation.

          Across the pond in the UK’s Bletchley Park, home of its Second World War codebreakers, Rishi Sunak recently hosted the AI safety summit about how the potential of AI can be harnessed while managing the risks. The summit focused on the threats emerging technology poses to humanity.

          For cybersecurity companies, these developments are likely to translate into governance and regulatory costs, akin to the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). However, the sector is well-prepared to handle these compliance costs.

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          Leveraging AI: How Cybersecurity Giants Are Advancing

          To harness the full potential of AI, cybersecurity companies are actively investing in AI-ready infrastructure, focusing on training and upskilling their workforce and refining their methods for measuring the success of AI implementations. The integration of AI into cybersecurity operations isn’t just a theoretical advantage; it’s a reality backed by data and real-world examples from leading companies.9

          Consider these insights:

          1. Palo Alto Networks – During their latest earnings call, the CEO highlighted significant growth, attributing it partly to AI: “In the last 5 years, our Total Addressable Market (TAM) in cybersecurity has grown approximately 14%, outpacing the IT market. With AI becoming a mainstream tool, we’re seizing this opportunity to enhance our technology spending and capabilities.”
          2. Cloudflare – The company reported a noticeable increase in the use of their R2 product, particularly among AI startups: “Cloudflare is now the preferred cloud provider for top AI startups, leveraging R2 for cost-effective GPU usage in model training.”10

          These examples not only demonstrate the increasing adoption of AI in cybersecurity but also hint at a broader trend: AI is becoming indispensable for companies that need to stay ahead of sophisticated cyber threats. This technological shift enables cybersecurity firms to operate more efficiently and proactively, a development that is already reflecting in their financial performances.

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          By embracing AI, cybersecurity companies can not only enhance their product offerings and strengthen client trust but also improve their financial health. This positions them for a highly positive future, marked by innovation and resilience in the face of evolving cyber threats.

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          Cybersecurity Ventures, “Cybercrime To Cost The World $10.5 Trillion Annually By 2025”, February 2023. Available at:


          Next Move Strategy Consulting, “Cyber Security Market”, December 2022. Available at:




          Palo Alto Networks, “How AI is Transforming Threat Detection and Prevention”, 2021. Available at:


          Fortinet, “The State of Security Operations in the Age of AI”, 2020. Available at:


          Forbes, “The Next Market AI Will Disrupt Is Cybersecurity”, September 2023. Available at:




          Forbes, “The Next Market AI Will Disrupt Is Cybersecurity”, September 2023. Available at:



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