AI Security Breaches Are on the Rise. What You Need to Know

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming our world. From ChatGPT to Copilot in Microsoft 365, AI is revolutionizing how we do business. But with great power comes great responsibility, and AI is no exception. A recent study revealed a worrying trend: AI security breaches are on the rise.

The study by HiddenLayer titled AI Threat Landscape Report 2024 found that 77% of businesses said they’d experienced a breach to AI systems in the last year. With the excitement of AI, you can’t forget the security that needs to go along with its use. Here's a closer look at this growing threat and what you need to know to stay secure.

The AI Advantage for Attackers

Imagine a hacker who can manipulate a stock market algorithm, trick a self-driving car off course, or create deepfakes so realistic they can sway public opinion. Unfortunately, with advancements in AI, these scenarios aren't science fiction anymore.

AI's ability to learn and adapt makes it a powerful tool, but also a double-edged sword. Here's how AI can be exploited by malicious actors.

Adversarial Attacks

These attacks aim to manipulate AI algorithms by feeding them skewed data or exploiting weaknesses in their training process. Imagine an attacker feeding an AI-powered customer service chatbot with manipulated data, causing it to provide inaccurate information or even engage in unacceptable behavior.

Data Poisoning

AI systems rely on clean data to function properly. Hackers can poison an AI system with manipulated data, causing it to make biased or erroneous decisions. Data can be poisoned in several ways:

Data poisoning can lead to new vulnerabilities in an AI system and cause it to give inaccurate or misleading information to decision-makers.

Supply Chain Attacks

AI systems are often built on third-party software and libraries. If a vulnerability exists in one of these components, it can be exploited to gain access to the entire AI system. Supply chain attacks can often take you completely off-guard if you’re not vetting the security systems of your hardware and software suppliers.

The Human Cost of AI Breaches

The consequences of an AI security breach can be severe:

Protecting Your AI Systems: Building a Defense

While the rise of AI security threats is concerning, there are steps you can take to protect your systems:

The Future of AI Security: A Shared Responsibility

Securing AI is a shared responsibility. Here's what different stakeholders can do:

By working together, we can ensure that AI is a force for good, not a source of vulnerability. AI has the potential to improve many business processes, but only if used securely and responsibly.

Assess Your Risk Today 

The rise of AI security breaches is a serious concern, but it doesn't have to be a deterrent. By understanding the threats and taking proactive measures, you can build out your workflows with secure and trustworthy AI solutions.

Remember, AI security is an ongoing process. As AI technology evolves, so too must your security strategies. Digital Crisis can help your Houston area business ensure that new technology incorporated into your network is done so securely. 

If you’re interested in conducting a cybersecurity risk assessment for your organization, contact Digital Crisis today to learn more about our services.

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