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82% Leaders Find It Essential to Secure AI; Only 24% Do It

IBM Security's Kevin Skapinetz on Embedding Security in AI Development
Kevin Skapinetz, vice president of strategy, IBM Security

AI adoption has transformed how security teams work. According to Kevin Skapinetz, vice president of strategy, IBM Security, AI can augment security professionals by enabling them to tackle complex tasks more efficiently and generate security content through generative AI.

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Skapinetz noted that the security industry faces significant burnout, with 60% of professionals experiencing it on the job. Using AI for repetitive, low-value tasks can help alleviate this burden, but businesses must take concrete steps to secure AI systems from the start.

According to a recent study by IBM and Amazon Web Services, 82% of business leaders view secure and trustworthy AI as essential for their operations, but only 24% are actively securing generative AI models and embedding security processes in AI development.

"You have to start thinking about your security processes and how you bake security into that. That could be simply as understanding where your critical data is that's attached to that AI, understanding how the models are being trained and if they're susceptible to new types of attack," Skapinetz said.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2024, Skapinetz also discussed:

  • The challenges of relying on traditional security solutions for AI;
  • The significance of securing AI at the foundational level to maintain public trust;
  • IBM's approach to embedding security in AI development and deployment.

Skapinetz is responsible for the overall direction for IBM’s technology to protect customers from cyberthreats. He helped build IBM’s security business over the last ten years, growing it into one of the largest enterprise security providers in the world. A 20-year veteran of the security industry, he led the offering services for IBM's X-Force research team, building the road map for securing emerging technologies, including virtualization and cloud computing.

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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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