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As AI continues to permeate many and varied aspects of business and society, it’s critical to recognize that the threats in the AI landscape are not just systematic, but human-centric. These threats, both internal and external, pose unique challenges that require a nuanced approach to AI security.

External Threats: From Script Kiddies to Cybercrime Syndicates

The spectrum of external human threats in AI ranges from inexperienced individuals, often referred to as ‘script kiddies’, experimenting with large language models (LLMs) to sophisticated, state-sponsored cybercrime organizations. These varied threat actors possess vastly different levels of skills and resources, but share a common goal: To exploit AI systems for malicious purposes. The sophistication of these attacks can vary widely, from basic malicious code creation to advanced, stealthy operations with pinpoint precision.

Internal Threats: The Overlooked Vulnerability

Internal threats often stem from seemingly innocuous actions by employees. For example, a developer might use an AI copilot to review and revise code, unknowingly exposing proprietary information in their prompt. An executive assistant might use a language model like ChatGPT to format sensitive meeting notes, inadvertently sending confidential information, such as telephone numbers or confidential business strategies, to a third-party platform with unknown security measures. These scenarios illustrate how everyday activities can become security risks, highlighting the need for comprehensive AI use policies and employee education about AI risks.

Cultivating a Security-Conscious Culture

Addressing both internal and external threats requires more than just technological solutions; it calls for creating and nurturing a culture that understands and values cybersecurity. Establishing this culture and getting full buy-in involves educating employees about potential risks, yes, but also instilling a sense of responsibility toward the organization’s digital security. A robust governance program supporting AI use policies can significantly strengthen an organization’s security perimeter.

CalypsoAI: A Holistic Approach to AI Security

CalypsoAI’s first-of-its-kind GenAI security, enablement, and orchestration platform offers a comprehensive solution for effectively managing both internal and external human threats, including: 

  • Policy-based access controls that ensure only authorized personnel have access to sensitive AI tools and data.
  • Customizable, bi-directional content scanners that monitor and control the flow of information to prevent unauthorized data exfiltration or infiltration.
  • Auditing capabilities and usage analytics that provide deep oversight and detailed insights into how AI tools are being used within the organization, identifying potential internal threats.

Securing AI from Within and Beyond

The dynamic nature of human threats in AI-dependent organizations demands a proactive and holistic approach to security. CalypsoAI not only provides the technological tools to safeguard against these threats, but supports the development of a security-conscious culture within organizations.

The journey to a secure AI-enabled future involves vigilance against both external and internal human threats. With tools like CalypsoAI and a strong focus on cybersecurity education and culture, organizations can navigate this new and evolving AI landscape confidently, ensuring their AI innovations are both powerful and protected.