The new recommendations will provide essential instructions for AI system development and focus on the significance of adhering to secure by design principles and increase the cyber security levels of AI and help ensure that it is designed, built, and implemented securely
The US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have jointly released guidelines for the secure development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
The guidelines are aimed at supporting developers of any systems that leverage AI to make informed cybersecurity decisions across all stages of the development process.
They were prepared in collaboration with 21 other agencies and ministries from various countries.
According to the NCSC, agencies from 17 other countries will endorse and co-seal the new regulations.
The new recommendations will provide essential instructions for AI system development and focus on the significance of adhering to secure by design principles.
They will also increase the cyber security levels of AI and help ensure that it is designed, built, and implemented securely.
NCSC CEO Lindy Cameron said: “We know that AI is developing at a phenomenal pace and there is a need for concerted international action, across governments and industry, to keep up.
“These guidelines mark a significant step in shaping a truly global, common understanding of the cyber risks and mitigation strategies around AI to ensure that security is not a postscript to development but a core requirement throughout.”
The newly released guidelines emphasise on four key areas within the AI system development lifecycle, namely secure design, secure development, secure deployment, and secure operation and maintenance.
Each part outlines concerns and mitigations that will help to lower the cybersecurity risk to an organisational AI system development process.
US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said: “The guidelines jointly issued today by CISA, NCSC, and our other international partners, provide a commonsense path to designing, developing, deploying, and operating AI with cybersecurity at its core.
“By integrating ‘secure by design’ principles, these guidelines represent an historic agreement that developers must invest in, protecting customers at each step of a system’s design and development.”