February 29, 2024

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Ethical AI in Focus: Collaborative Efforts for Cybersecurity and Trust

Ethical concerns in artificial intelligence (AI) cybersecurity encompass a spectrum of issues, including privacy, fairness, transparency, and accountability. Ensuring that AI systems operate within ethical boundaries is paramount to building trust among users, stakeholders, and the public. The collaborative effort behind the global guidelines signifies a collective commitment to addressing these ethical considerations comprehensively.

Privacy is a cornerstone of ethical AI development, especially in a world where data plays a central role in training and refining AI models. The guidelines emphasise the need for robust privacy measures to safeguard user data, preventing unauthorised access and misuse. Developers can contribute to a more ethical and responsible AI ecosystem by incorporating privacy-preserving practices.

New Zealand’s dedication to enhancing cybersecurity strengthens the landscape around AI. In the last update, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) became one of 17 agencies from 17 countries to release guidance, led by the United Kingdom, to help AI developers adopt cyber security from the outset. The result is the release of the Guidelines for Secure AI System Development, a comprehensive set of standards that mark the first globally agreed-upon cybersecurity guidelines for AI developers. The policies, endorsed by 23 international agencies, including New Zealand’s NCSC, aim to instil a “secure by design” approach in the development process, ensuring the safety, resilience, privacy, fairness, reliability, and predictability of AI systems.

The newly introduced guidelines serve as a crucial pre-condition for the safety and effectiveness of AI systems. Cybersecurity considerations are paramount to safeguarding these systems against evolving threats and potential vulnerabilities. Lisa Fong, Deputy Director General of the National Cyber Security Centre, emphasises the importance of adopting a secure-by-design approach, which is fundamental in elevating the cybersecurity posture of AI systems. The guidelines provide developers with a roadmap to make informed decisions at every stage of AI system development, whether building systems from scratch or leveraging existing tools and services.

International partner agencies and industry experts are involved in this collaboration, fostering a shared understanding of cyber risks, vulnerabilities, and effective mitigation strategies. The guidelines lay down a comprehensive framework for developers and contribute to establishing a global consensus on best practices for AI cybersecurity. The international endorsement of these guidelines reinforces the shared commitment to creating a secure environment for the evolution of AI technologies.

The release of these guidelines follows the interim generative AI guidance for the public service. This interim guidance, jointly produced by the NCSC, served as a precursor to the global guidelines and demonstrated the multidisciplinary approach required to securely harness the potential of generative AI. The collaboration between the NCSC, data experts, digital professionals, procurement specialists, and privacy counterparts underscores the need for a holistic and integrated approach to AI cybersecurity.

As the adoption of AI continues to grow across diverse sectors, from public services to private industries, the significance of robust cybersecurity measures cannot be overstated. The global nature of the collaboration behind these guidelines reflects the urgency and shared responsibility felt by nations worldwide to mitigate the evolving threats posed by cyber adversaries.

These guidelines are set to become a foundational resource for AI developers globally, offering a comprehensive approach to embedding cybersecurity measures from the outset. The emphasis on a secure-by-design philosophy aligns with the evolving landscape of cyber threats, where proactive measures are essential for staying ahead of potential risks. The guidelines address current challenges and provide a forward-looking framework to adapt to the dynamic nature of AI technologies and the cybersecurity landscape.

New Zealand is consistent in conforming to international collaboration to fortify the foundations of AI cybersecurity. As nations join forces to address the challenges posed by cybersecurity threats, these guidelines stand as a testament to the commitment to creating a secure and resilient environment for the evolution of artificial intelligence. The global endorsement underscores the recognition of AI’s transformative potential and the shared responsibility to ensure its responsible and secure integration into various facets of modern society.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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