Artificial intelligence is sweeping across the digital world. Though AI is partly popular purely because of media influence, it is also becoming an increasingly effective digital tool for businesses. Of course, the issue of cybersecurity comes with the use of any digital tool. With AI being fairly new, it is important for businesses to be safe when using it. If you are able, ask a cybersecurity consultant for a personalized explanation of using AI for your business.
For now, here are five tips on using AI safely.
1. Know How It Works
AI is complex and can seem perplexing to users if they don’t know the basics about how it functions. If you want to begin using artificial intelligence in your business, the first step is understanding how it works.
Artificial intelligence systems use algorithms to analyze patterns in data which it actively learns from. When AI is assigned a task, the system follows previously learned patterns to complete the task in the statistically correct way. The ability to be trained to give customized answers based on the user’s needs and preferences is what makes artificial intelligence such a useful tool for businesses.
2. Protect Your Data
While you might be blinded by the sheer ability of artificial intelligence, you must remember that it is still a web-based program. When using any digital database, there are certain cybersecurity measures to be taken, and that is no different for AI. Do not feed personal or confidential information to an AI, whether it is about you, your business or your customers. Any information you wouldn’t share with other people shouldn’t be shared with AI.
3. Double Check Information
AI has come a long way in recent years, but even now you cannot blindly trust the information you get from the system. Artificial intelligence is not perfect. While the risk of human error can be taken out of the picture when it comes to AI, that doesn’t mean there are no errors. Before making any decisions based on the data provided by AI, always use measures to double check. Never rely solely on AI for any aspect of your business.
4. Beware of Bias
While it may seem like an odd concept, AI can be biased. To ensure an unbiased response, it is important to train your AI with diverse datasets so that its perspective does not narrow and lead to biased responses. When using information given by an AI, be sure to stay aware of this possibility, and again, double check before making any important decisions.
5. Stay Up to Date
With Artificial Intelligence being so new, there are often updates to the software. It is important to keep your AI systems caught up with even the smallest of updates. Every new update is made for a reason, and those often include security measures and bug patches. Using outdated artificial intelligence software greatly increases your security risk, which can be easily mitigated by keeping it up to date.
Have More Questions? Ask a Cybersecurity Consultant
Artificial intelligence is a new and confusing concept, meaning it is not only expected, but essential, to have questions before integrating it into your business. At BrightFlow Technologies, we’re here to help. You can contact us to ask a cybersecurity consultant about cybersecurity and artificial intelligence and how you can safely use it to become more efficient.