February 21, 2024

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Fortifying AI: Collaborative Guidelines for Cybersecurity

AI security is a growing concern in the Asia Pacific region. Adopting the cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT), the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), vulnerabilities in IT systems, and insider threats have led to a fast-evolving threat landscape, and AI is seen as a critical tool to help organisations cope with these challenges.

In the journey to enhancing digital security, New Zealand’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and CERT NZ, in collaboration with the Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ASD’s ACSC) and twelve other international cybersecurity agencies, have unveiled a joint product titled “Engaging with Artificial Intelligence.” This initiative aims to provide organisations with comprehensive guidance on utilising AI systems securely, shedding light on potential threats and offering mitigation strategies for future cybersecurity.

The joint product comes at a crucial juncture when integrating artificial intelligence into various aspects of business and society is rapidly advancing. As AI technologies become increasingly pervasive, so do the associated risks and vulnerabilities. Engaging with Artificial Intelligence seeks to address these concerns by equipping organisations with the knowledge and tools to navigate the complex landscape of AI security.

The publication serves as a consolidated resource, summarising critical threats related to AI systems. It encourages organisations to assess their AI engagement strategies while managing associated risks. Notably, the joint product focuses on using AI systems securely rather than solely on developing secure AI systems, acknowledging the widespread adoption of AI technologies across different sectors.

One of the primary objectives of Engaging with Artificial Intelligence is to raise awareness about the potential security challenges posed by AI systems. By outlining specific threats, such as data breaches, adversarial attacks, and exploitation of vulnerabilities, the guidelines prompt organisations to critically evaluate their existing AI infrastructure. This approach is essential in safeguarding sensitive information and ensuring the integrity of AI-driven processes.

The joint product also addresses the diverse deployment scenarios of AI systems, catering to organisations using both self-hosted and third-party-hosted AI solutions. By recognising the varying degrees of control and responsibility in these setups, the guidelines offer tailored mitigations to assist organisations in fortifying their AI implementations. This inclusivity reflects a holistic approach to AI security, acknowledging the diverse technological landscapes in which these systems operate.

Engaging with Artificial Intelligence further emphasises the importance of collaboration in cybersecurity. By involving national agencies like NCSC and CERT NZ and international partners, the joint product leverages collective expertise to create robust guidelines. The collaboration with ASD’s ACSC and a dozen other global cybersecurity agencies underscores the global nature of the AI security challenge and the necessity for a unified response.

The release of these guidelines is timely, given the frequency and intricacy of cyber threats targeting AI systems. As organisations increasingly rely on AI for critical functions, ensuring the security of these systems is paramount. The joint product is a measure to empower organisations to fortify their defences against emerging threats and vulnerabilities.

The guidance provided in Engaging with Artificial Intelligence extends beyond technical considerations, emphasising the importance of organisational policies and practices. It encourages a comprehensive approach to AI security, encompassing technological measures, governance frameworks, employee training, and incident response planning.

The collaborative effort between New Zealand’s NCSC, CERT NZ, Australia’s ASD’s ACSC, and other international cybersecurity agencies signifies a concerted global commitment to addressing the security challenges associated with artificial intelligence. Engaging with Artificial Intelligence stands as a testament to the proactive stance taken by these agencies to empower organisations worldwide in securely navigating the AI landscape. As AI continues to evolve and permeate diverse sectors, these guidelines are crucial in fostering a secure and resilient digital future.

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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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