/jun 4, 2024

Unlocking the Power of AI in Cybersecurity: Key Takeaways from the HMS Belfast Breakfast Briefing

By John Boero


In the rapidly evolving landscape of technology, the fusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity is creating both exciting opportunities and formidable challenges. The recent breakfast briefing on the historic HMS Belfast served as a critical forum for industry leaders to explore these issues in depth. This event, which is part of a series dedicated to finding strategic cybersecurity solutions, honed in on how AI can be harnessed to bolster security efforts and the necessary precautions for its adoption. Attendees had the chance to engage with experts, gaining insights into how AI can revolutionize security protocols and what measures need to be taken to ensure its implementation is both safe and effective. Below are answers to the insightful questions raised by the audience, providing you with clear benefits and actionable knowledge to navigate the complexities of AI in cybersecurity. 

Exploring the AI Hype Cycle and Its Future 

The AI industry is currently experiencing a significant surge in interest and investment, suggesting that we are still ascending in the AI hype cycle. Innovations are expected to continue proliferating over the next few years. However, there's a cautionary note about the sustainability of many startups in this space. High valuations do not always equate to long-term viability, especially for those that may overspend in their efforts to break into the market. Despite these challenges, the potential for AI to save customer time and reduce spending is undeniable and represents a major value proposition.

Assessing the Safety of Large Language Models (LLMs) 

When it comes to determining the safety of LLMs, it's crucial to establish a personalized definition of "safety." This can vary significantly among users. For some, filtering out adult content might suffice, while others might prioritize legal safeguards or the avoidance of faulty code outputs. A practical approach involves rigorous testing of models with consistent prompts to evaluate performance and safety across different scenarios. It's also vital to fine-tune models according to specific use cases and strengthen prompt design, although no prompt can completely guarantee safety. 

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Usage and Governance of Generative AI 

The control over how Generative AI is used can vary significantly depending on the deployment model. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms often have stricter policy controls, which might not be the case with private models where the user has complete control over the data. The introduction of enterprise solutions with governance and usage restrictions is a positive development, offering service level agreements (SLAs) or guarantees that can help mitigate misuse. 

Protecting and Governing Rapidly Evolving AI Technologies 

The rapid evolution of AI technologies presents unique challenges in terms of protection and governance. Currently, the human element remains essential in overseeing the use of private AI models, which can sometimes operate outside organizational boundaries or ethical guidelines. The idea of an Enterprise Independent Software Vendor (ISV) offering that hosts inference on private models with support SLAs is intriguing, though it presents complexities in risk assessment and fee structuring.  

In conclusion, as AI continues to evolve and integrate into various sectors, the discussions around its hype, safety, usage, and governance become increasingly crucial. These conversations help in navigating the complexities of AI development and implementation, ensuring that its benefits are maximized while risks and misuses are minimized. 

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By John Boero

In 20 years of experience, John Boero, Field CTO at TeraSky, has been fortunate to consult for several of the world's largest banks and public institutions. His current focus is AI and data sensitive private LLMs.