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Our latest white paper, A Strategic Blueprint for AI Adoption, provides hands-on, practical guidance to enterprises racing to harness the potential of novel and emerging generative AI (GenAI) technologies while navigating the challenges they bring. For security practitioners, Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), Chief Information Officers (CIOs), and Chief Security Officers (CSOs), establishing effective governance frameworks is critical. Here’s a quick look at some of the actionable steps detailed in the report for securing and governing AI tools effectively.

Establish a Cross-Functional Team

Build a cross-functional team comprising Legal, IT, HR, and other business functions from across the enterprise. This diverse group will collaboratively craft governance principles aligned to organizational values and brand reputation, and establish clear ownership of AI deployments and changes, ensuring human oversight at every step.

Identify Comprehensive Principles

AI governance principles should include actionable controls, such as human verification of AI-generated software code and clear identification of models used in internal communication, to ensure accountability and minimize risk by creating a culture of transparency and adherence to internal policies.

Build Regulation-Compliant Frameworks

National and global regulations are evolving rapidly, with many relying on existing privacy law as their foundation. The team must know the geographies in which they operate and which regulations, therefore, apply to them to ensure business practices and governance activities align with relevant standards. 

Incorporate Ethical Considerations

AI tools can dramatically streamline workflows, but AI governance remains labor-intensive. Ethical considerations must be incorporated, especially where AI models impact decision-making, but humans must direct the responsible use of AI in line with organizational principles and policies.

Implement Effective Security Controls

  • Data Leakage Prevention: Develop safeguards that prevent confidential data from being exposed through prompts. Train employees to identify risks and adhere to data privacy guidelines.
  • Robustness Verification: Ensure model integrity by setting and adhering to standards of factual accuracy. 
  • Traceability: Track user prompts and model responses to create a detailed audit trail for verifying acceptable use criteria are being followed. 
  • Model Maintenance: Integrate AI governance into IT hygiene to ensure proper model tracking, updating, and maintenance.

Build a Solid Business Case

A strong business case for AI governance should illustrate how effective governance can:

  • Minimize risks while yielding significant productivity gains
  • Provide clear accountability and transparency
  • Incur substantial labor savings
  • Demonstrate improved compliance
  • Optimize the organization’s cybersecurity posture

Secure the Future

Incorporating GenAI models into enterprise workflows is reshaping business landscapes. By aligning cross-functional teams, establishing comprehensive principles, adhering to regulations, incorporating ethics, and maintaining robust security controls, organizations can safely and securely navigate the risks while unleashing the transformative potential of AI. The journey toward effective AI governance is ongoing, but with strategic planning and a collaborative approach, enterprises can ensure the safe and responsible use of AI across the organization.

 

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