Harnessing the Potential of AI Against Covid-19 through the Lens of Cybersecurity: Challenges, Tools, and Techniques

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Information & Security: An International Journal, Volume 49, p.49-69 (2021)

Keywords:

AI, artificial intelligence, COVID-19, Cybersecurity, Ethical AI, trustworthy AI

Abstract:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already matured to the point where people from different industry fields and research domains can utilize its tools for various practical applications, including within healthcare, where AI holds immense promise. This capability has generated high hopes and has been used in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. However, against the backdrop of these applications, more contentious AI use cases have been highlighted, particularly with concerns about ethics and cybersecurity. This paper discusses recent developments and exciting applications of AI methods and tools. We cover three aspects: AI against Covid-19, AI for cybersecurity, and cybersecurity for AI, as well as some misuses of AI. We also present an overview of AI’s potential through the lens of cybersecurity, to provide food for thought on the idea that securing artificial intelligence necessitates an entirely new approach to security and what it means in the context of dramatically increasing digital dependency.