When it comes to cyber security, the preceding year 2021 has been quite challenging. It goes without saying that given the present day security and privacy threats lurking around, the year 2022 is likely to be no different.
However, with rapid advancements in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), it appears that we might be able to overcome some cyber security challenges. When we talk of cyber security controls and mechanisms, user privacy could be infringed in a big way.
In these circumstances, employee training and sensitization are taking a very important position. The main advantage of incorporating AI within cybersecurity is that it is a potent technology that can deliver real-time, contextually aware security as well as privacy.
However, the in-depth nature of AI powered cyber security tools also introduces many user privacy related concerns and gray areas. So, organizations that adopt an AI powered course to cyber security will also need to act with a lot of responsibility.
While ensuring cyber security, protecting end user privacy will have to be kept top of mind. This will be realized with a two pronged approach, which focuses on top notch training of employees entrusted with this sensitive role, and their sensitization to privacy issues.
The Vague Regulatory Framework around AI
As AI is an emerging technology, and its role in cyber security is also in the initial stages, enterprises will have to come up with their own regulatory standards. The traditional approach has been to exploit any loopholes in regulations, till they are plugged.
This whole mindset and approach towards regulatory frameworks will have to change. Now, if a certain regulation is silent or vague about any aspect of user privacy, enterprises will need to devise their own set of ethical and practical rules for such gray areas.
One might question the reasons behind such a proactive approach to regulatory compliance. Well, it all boils down to earning the end user’s un-wavered trust and confidence in the practices governing the use of their personal or sensitive data.
Adaptability of AI Powered Security Tools
You might have seen in Sci-Fi movies, how an AI powered machine or systems becomes completely independent at a certain stage. It then even “shuts out” its very creator or programmer, resulting in chaos and mayhem.
Well, the same concern exists when incorporating fully autonomous AI into the realm of cyber security. So, what’s required is constant human oversight and the autonomy to intervene, as soon as it is felt that some aspects of such AI are posing privacy concerns.
Granted cyber criminals are completely oblivious, and in-sensitive to privacy concerns, cyber security experts, on the other hand, cannot afford to do that. Therefore, cyber security tools will have to be designed with a privacy conscious “DNA”, built-in.
Building Employee Capacity
As highlighted earlier, even AI powered cyber security and privacy tools will be needing human oversight. Therefore, it will be imperative for organizations to build the requisite capacities of their employees as well.
This includes a training and capacity building approach that is a blend of the latest international best practices for security, and the highest norms for protecting the privacy of end users at every cost.
To break this clutter, organizations will have to re-visit their training programs and methodologies to bring them in line with best industry practices. Behavioral sciences and interactive training techniques will go a long way in creating a real impact.
The year 2022 will be quite eventful in the realm of cybersecurity. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has a leading role to play in the challenging arenas of security and privacy. However, the responsible and ethical use of AI will be as important as a robust security posture.
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