While generative AI promises to revolutionize everything from content creation to industry-wide innovation, its rapid adoption has exposed critical security, privacy, and governance gaps. As a result, it’s no surprise that organizations are struggling with challenges like data breaches and privacy violations regarding AI adoption.

A recent study commissioned by BigID, as an SAP Endorsed Apps partner, offers an in-depth look at specific challenges and concerns organizations have when adopting AI in the workplace. “The 2024 Global Report on Generative AI: Breakthroughs & Barriers,” explores how these organizations are navigating these complexities to adopt best practices for secure and responsible AI use.

Here are just a few of the significant findings:

Data Security Concerns

  • 67% of organizations fear data breaches and cyberattacks
  • Only a minority (12%) of organizations planning to implement generative AI are extremely confident in their current data security measures.

Organizations are implementing data security posture management (DSPM) to mitigate the risks associated with AI projects. BigID helps organizations improve their data security posture by centralizing and streamlining the detection, investigation, and remediation of critical data risks and vulnerabilities.

Generative AI Adoption Hurdles

The survey results reveal three core areas as significant hurdles for organizations adopting generative AI:

  • Data Security (50%): Half of the respondents identified data security as their top concern.
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration (47%): Organizations must foster collaboration across different functions, including IT, security, legal, and business teams.
  • Transparency of Decisions/Outcomes (45%): Understanding how AI models reach decisions and ensuring transparent outcomes is a significant concern, highlighting the need for interpretable AI models.

These challenges can act as roadblocks, but they are not insurmountable. By prioritizing data security with solutions like BigID, fostering open communication across teams, and implementing interpretable AI models, organizations can pave the way for a successful and secure generative AI implementation and journey.

Adverse Outcomes from AI

The dual nature of AI is evident from our survey findings:

Generative AI offers immense potential but data breaches are a real threat with nearly 50% of organizations reporting adverse outcomes with data breaches being the most prevalent.

Understanding what data exists, whether it is sensitive, and where it resides are all prerequisites to responsible adoption of AI projects. It starts with knowing the content of the data your models use for AI. BigID helps organizations find and cleanse data used in LLMs to minimize the risk of data breaches.

How BigID Can Help Secure, Manage, Protect Your Data for AI

BigID empowers organizations with complete data visibility and control they need to implement the right security, privacy, and governance controls for AI.

Organizations can better secure, manage, and protect data for AI in two fundamental ways:

  • Readiness & Preparation: BigID lays the foundation for secure and reliable AI through strong data hygiene. Leverage advanced AI and ML to completely and comprehensively classify, label, catalog, and cleanse your data for preparation. Proactively eliminate ROT, duplicate, and risky information that unnecessarily expands the attack surface. Ensure high-quality, safe-to-use data for AI models, minimizing data risks and vulnerabilities and fostering strong security, privacy, and governance around your AI deployments.
  • Governance & Control: BigID empowers proactive data governance by identifying files and data accessed during AI interactions. Leverage existing classification insights to pinpoint potential data overexposure risks. Remediate these risks by revoking unauthorized access, re-labeling sensitive data for correction, and enforcing AI-specific usage policies. This comprehensive approach ensures compliance with regulations and security frameworks (as well as future ones) while safeguarding your organization from data misuse.

Want to learn more about the findings from this survey? Download the 2024 Global Report on Generative AI: Breakthroughs & Barriers today!

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