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Artificial Intelligence


AI can and is being used to increase the efficiency of security measures; however, it is also being used to create harmful, targeted, and more sophisticated cyber threats. AI threats are not just behind screens; they are in your ear. Malicious actors are utilizing not only SPAM emails and other digital attacks but also spoofing peoples voices to gather personal information.

Below are steps you can take to protect yourself from these attacks.

  • Listen– If spam is suspected, avoid speaking first and let the caller speak. Whoever is calling you could be recording snippets of your voice and later using it to impersonate you. A simple “Hello, who is this?” may be too much.
  • Quality of Questions– Ensure the questions you are asking are in-depth. Don’t be afraid to have a personal conversation if you are unsure who you are talking to is who they say they are. It is not impolite; it’s assurance.
  • Think Before You Click– Cyber attackers use AI to craft and scale unique SPAM emails. Always hover before you click any links to see the full URL.
  • Limit Personal Data– Always be aware of what information you submit online. If you are utilizing a productivity resource, be sure to generalize all business, personal, and premise information.