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UAE Cyber Security Council calls for collaboration on AI-driven security threats

Key best practices to mitigate cyber risks include strong authentication, AI security training, and regular audits and updates.

UAE Cyber Security Council calls for collaboration on AI-driven security threats
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AI is taking the world by storm, transforming industries, and reshaping how we live and work. But as AI’s influence grows, so does the risk of cyberattacks.

A new report from the UAE Cyber Security Council and CPX Holding has called for immediate collaboration of government entities, AI developers, researchers, and security experts to mitigate the risks of AI-driven cyber threats.

The report, titled Securing the Future: A Whitepaper on Cybersecurity in an AI-Driven World, examines the dynamics of AI-driven cyber threats and the vulnerabilities associated with AI systems. 

The report’s findings are stark: if entities fail to establish appropriate measures around AI and cybersecurity, the development of malicious AI could outpace their ability to counter it, leading to many consequences, including financial losses, reputational damage, and even threats to public safety.

Paul Lawson, Executive Director Cyber Defense, CPX, said, “At a time when AI’s potential and innovative use cases are undeniable, its integration must be coupled with rigorous security measures.”

The report also suggests key best practices to reduce cyber risks, including:

Strong authentication: Limiting access to AI systems and data and using multi-factor authentication.

Audits and updates: Regularly monitoring AI systems for vulnerabilities, risks, and threats.

Awareness training: Training all employees, from data scientists to business leaders, on AI security.

Collaboration. AI developers, researchers, and security experts work together to develop comprehensive and effective solutions.

Collective effort: Promoting national initiatives to raise cyber awareness.

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