AI and Cybersecurity: ThreatBlockr, Sumo Logic, More Weigh the Good and the Bad

The roundtable agrees it's too late to put the genie back into the bottle.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

May 11, 2023

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AI and cybersecurity, more specifically using good AI to stop bad AI, is a super-hot topic in the channel right now.

A cybersecurity roundtable during last week’s MSP Summit and Channel Partners Conference and Expo addressed the issue of AI and cybersecurity head on. The participants also agreed they’ve never seen anything in technology take off so quickly.

Roundtable participants included:

  • Marcia Dempster, Keeper Security‘s senior director of channel sales.

  • George Just, ThreatBlockr‘s chief revenue officer.

  • Tim Roddy, Open Systems‘ vice president of marketing.

  • Jennifer Binet, Sectigo‘s senior vice president of enterprise sales.

  • Timm Hoyt, Sumo Logic‘s senior vice president of worldwide partners and alliances.

AI and Cybersecurity: Genie’s Out of the Bottle

Dempster said AI is “one of those things that you can’t stop it, it’s too late and it’s there.”

“It’s writing a thank-you card for you,” she said. “It’s doing people’s resumes. It’s writing essays for college kids. I had a friend that was setting up a dating profile and she had ChatGPT do it for her, and it was awesome. It was us and a group of friends, and when it was finished, we [said], ‘Wow, this is really good — you sound amazing. So it’s like the genie is out of the bottle; It’s happening. And the question is: Is there a way that we can make it for good and not for bad, or can we balance both of them?”

See our slideshow above for more from the roundtable about AI and cybersecurity.

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Sectigo’s Jennifer Binet


ThreatBlockr’s George Just


Open Systems’ Tim Roddy


Sumo Logic’s Timm Hoyt


Keeper Security’s Marcia Dempster

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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