As Cyber Fraud Increases, It’s Artificial Intelligence to The Rescue

As technology continues to advance, it gives cybercriminals more tools to defraud consumers and in turn, companies are fighting back with artificial intelligence (AI). This gives disruptive-focused ETFs more prominence as AI sets out to fight the good fight.

“In response, many financial sector companies are adopting AI to combat both staff and customer fraud,” wrote Jeff Palmer in IT Pro Portal. “Banks already use AI to detect and prevent payment fraud and employ image-recognition systems for security. What is less widely known is that some companies are also now successfully using AI to comb call records for GDPR breaches or even monitor live calls to flag mis-selling and rogue trading in real-time.”

“Among the variety of applications of AI in the financial sector is speech recognition, which offers numerous possibilities, including voice-based account servicing, robo-advice, autonomous analysis of audio archives and live ‘sentiment analysis’ of customer calls as well as the real-time transcription of any audio feed to allow instant decisions to be made,” Palmer added. “Giants such as Deloitte are now using AI to help enforce compliance and mine their audio data for additional business insights. For instance, automated speech recognition (ASR) technology in audio monitoring can set live triggers on chosen keywords, which can include major financial announcements and other announcements that can have an impact on share prices. This monitoring capability can also detect potential issues, signs of insider trading and patterns of misconduct such as rogue trading.”

Secure Profits in Cybersecurity with These ETFs

As AI continues to become a major component of the intelligence community, security-focused ETFs can benefit further, such as the First Trust NASDAQ Cybersecurity ETF (NYSEArca: CIBR) and the ETFMG Prime Cyber Security ETF (NYSEArca: HACK).

First up, CIBR seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield f an equity index known as the Nasdaq CTA Cybersecurity IndexSM. The index is comprised of securities of companies classified as “cybersecurity” companies by the CTA.

Next, HACK seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the Prime Cyber Defense Index. The index tracks the performance of the exchange-listed equity securities of companies across the globe that (i) engage in providing cybersecurity applications or services as a vital component of its overall business or (ii) provide hardware or software for cybersecurity activities as a vital component of its overall business.

For a broad play in disruptive tech, investors can look at the Global X Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Thematic ETF (NasdaqGM: BOTZ). BOTZ seeks to invest in companies that potentially stand to benefit from increased adoption and utilization of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), including those involved with industrial robotics and automation, non-industrial robots, and autonomous vehicles.

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