Pentesters say they see AI as a competitor in cybersecurity
Generative AI is superior to hackers, but not their creativity.
IN new Bugcrowd report for 2023 It is noted that generative AI is becoming an increasingly important tool in the world of hacking. However, 72% of hackers believe that AI cannot replace the human mind.
According to the study:
- 55% of respondents say that generative AI is already outperforming hackers or will be able to do so within the next five years.
- 72% of respondents believe that generative AI will not be able to replicate the creativity of hackers in security research and vulnerability management.
- Generative AI is used to automate tasks (50%), analyze data (48%), identify vulnerabilities (36%), validate results (35%), and conduct intelligence (33%).
- 64% believe that generative AI technologies have added value to ethical hacking and security research.
The study also analyzed the demographics of hackers:
- Most of them belong to generation Z (57%) and millennials (28%).
- Only 5% of the subjects are under 18 and only 2% are over 45.
- 96% of respondents identified as male, 4% as female, and 0.2% as non-binary.
The report highlights that the majority of hackers (82%) do not hack full-time, with only 29% describing hacking as their main occupation. Motivation for ethical hacking includes personal development (28%), financial gain (24%), excitement (14%) and challenge (12%).
About the education of hackers it is worth noting the following:
- More than half of the respondents (54%) graduated from college, and 14% received a master’s degree.
- Only 24% learned hacking through academic or professional courses.
- 71% of hackers are self-taught, 84% learned hacking through online resources, others learned by trial and error (40%) or from friends and mentors (34%).
The report ends with the conclusion that hacking is increasingly being used for career development, with 42% of respondents saying that building long-term relationships with security executives and brands is one of their main goals when hacking. In addition, 53% of those surveyed said that hacking helped them get a remote job.
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