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Strategies to Safeguard Your Business from AI Weaponization

Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly popular in recent years, offering functions that simulate human intelligence.

Although AI technology offers numerous benevolent applications, it can also be weaponized by cybercriminals. As this relatively new threat continues to grow, it is imperative for businesses to understand its risks and adopt strategies to mitigate these concerns.

Cybercriminals can weaponize AI to seek targets and launch attacks in numerous ways. Examples include using AI to—

  • Create and distribute malware through chatbots and fake videos
  • Crack credentials and steal passwords
  • Deploy convincing social engineering scams that trick targets into sharing confidential information or downloading malware
  • Identify exploitable software vulnerabilities such as an unpatched code or outdated security programs
  • Efficiently disseminate stolen data

To protect against these vulnerabilities, businesses should implement cyber risk management measures. These tactics can reduce the risk of experiencing a cyberattack and mitigate related losses. Here are strategies to consider:

  • Promote the safe handling of critical workplace data and connected devices by requiring strong passwords or multifactor identification, regularly backing up data, installing security software on networks and devices, and regularly training employees on cyber hygiene.
  • Use automated threat detection software to monitor business networks for possible weaknesses or suspicious activity.
  • Create a comprehensive cyber incident response plan and routinely practice it to stop cyberattacks or reduce their potential damage.

Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage to provide financial protection against the weaponization of AI. A traditional business liability policy is extremely unlikely to protect against most cyber exposures. Email us to find out how you can incorporate cyber security insurance into your risk management portfolio.

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