Putting Ethics at the Heart of AI in Cyber

by Kevin Macnish - Head of Ethics and Sustainability Consulting, UK
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The application of Artificial Intelligence to Cybersecurity has become the next frontier of technology and capability development. And rightly so: it will dramatically speed up response times, enhance threat identification, reduce workloads in Security Operating Centres and improve ability to rapidly mount counter-operations. Ultimately, AI in Cyber will provide decisive advantage. For Defence, this will underpin Information Advantage in both defensive and offensive scenarios, so there is an inevitable industry-wide push to exploit this game-changing technology.

However, this does not come without risks or concerns. In the rush to remain competitive and keep ahead of adversaries, there is a risk that necessary checks and balances are unable to keep up with the headlong rush into technology adoption in Cyber. Unless an ethical approach is adopted, Defence may inadvertently expose itself to greater risk than benefit, and it may not have the right guardrails in place to manage or mitigate that risk.

It is therefore important for all companies to anticipate and identify answers to questions such as:

  • Is an ethical approach needed for AI adoption in Cyber? Why?
  • What are the risks, concerns and benefits of putting an ethical approach front and centre?
  • What ethical considerations need to be at the forefront of AI adoption in Cyber?
  • Does Defence have the right guardrails in place and do they balance the potential benefits vs risk?
  • Can Information Advantage be achieved without using AI and an ethical approach?

A methodical approach integrating cybersecurity and ethical issues must therefore be designed, integrated, deployed and adapted over time. Sopra Steria's teams assist companies in the adoption of AI for their IT and cybersecurity activities, and more specifically in the analysis of the associated ethical issues.




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