Offensive security has always been a blend of advanced tools and human expertise. While tools set the stage, pentesters bring strategy and intuition. Today, AI is stepping in, early research demonstrates AI being capable of selecting tools and suggesting subsequent steps. However, it's not without flaws—AI can sometimes misstep due to its non-deterministic nature.
As AI's capabilities grow, potentially soon paralleling a junior pentester, the complexities of cyber threats evolve alongside. This underscores that AI, for the foreseeable future, will benefit from human oversight.
Looking ahead, today modern pentesters utilize and craft their own tools to pinpoint vulnerabilities. Tomorrow, they'll collaborate with AI, shifting from command-line tools to intuitive natural language interactions.
In conclusion, the future of offensive security is bright with AI augmentation, but human expertise remains irreplaceable. AI boosts our capabilities, but the human touch is our ultimate safeguard.