In this article, we will uncover all the security risks involved in using AI generative tools. With the onset of some of the most popular AI generative tools like ChatGPT, AlphaCode, Claude, GPT-4, Bard etc, it is becoming extremely clear that not only it brings lot of work efficiency but also the challenges that might pose a great risk in the data security of an organization. The increasing popularity of these tools in performing complex tasks within few minutes makes it possible to be used in almost all the sectors. Be it information technology, manufacturing, Finance, services etc. But in all this, the most worrisome part is the lack of privacy and protection of data of an organization.
What are the Security Risks Involved in Using AI Generative Tools
As the organization started using AI Generative tools, the risk of data security also increases with it. The ability to learn from the input and making it as part of the data model pose a great risk to secured and non-shareable data as it might be accessible to anyone who is looking for the same. In today's era where data is everything, this could simply bring more trouble to organization to deal with. In my view, if someone is looking to use AI Generative tools in their environment then he/she should be ready to deal with below potential risks.
- Data Sharing: The first and foremost is the data sharing risk in which AI can take the input and process it into its models which will further make that data available for someone to use. Hence causing breach in data privacy.
- Lack in Transparency: One of the major concern in using AI generative tools are that there is always a black box which provides all the data and information. This means there are no trusted source of information which can verify the authenticity of data.
- IPR Violations: The use of AI Generative tools can easily led to violation of Intellectual Property rights. It can generate contents which might cause copyrights, trademarks and other types of intellectual property violations.
- Risk of Using Incorrect Data: The accuracy of AI Generative tools are still debatable. Whether it provides accurate information with utmost precision or not depends on how it is being used. So it is very much dependent on user who is operating the AI tool. But at times, it is not unusual to get incorrect or inaccurate data from the model.
- Compromise in Quality: The use of AI Generative tools does not always guarantee the quality of work. There are numerous cases and scenarios where AI does not always provide the best quality as expected by the client. For example, when you ask AI to provide the steps to solve certain problem or perform certain task then it is not necessary that it will provide you the most optimized and efficient solutions. You might think of a better solution which can suitably fit your present and future requirements.
- Breach in Client Trust: The use of information from AI tools will sooner or later might affect the project work and deliveries and hence compromising the client trust. This can be further understood by an example where you can just take a piece of project work from AI tool confirming it to be your genuine work. Discovery of same would led to breach in client trust.
- Loosing Credibility: All the above discussed risks has direct connection with the credibility of the organization. Once an organization gets caught in the troubled waters due to any of the above risks then there is a high chance of losing credibility in global market. This would again cause a negative detrimental affect to the future of an organization.
- Risk of Hacking: Since AI models relies on input to work properly, there is always a high risk of hackers finding a way to bypass Generative AI Interface filters to produce malicious content.
- Use of Malware and Spyware: There is always a risk of generating malware and spyware using different methods from AI Generative tools and then deploy it real quick to the target environment. So basically this will only end up in accelerating the work of hackers in destroying a system or a network.
To sum it up, before using any of the AI Generative tools in an environment, it is very important to perform the risk assessment to understand if the benefits of using AI tools outweigh its negative impact on long run. For many organizations where client data and secrecy is of utmost priority, they might think of using limited capabilities of AI without compromising the quality of work. But for some other organizations, they might think of using AI Generative tools to save cost and effort.