How to safeguard your business from AI-generated deepfakes

Jim Hendricks
March 28, 2023
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The recent incident involving cybercriminals utilizing deepfake videos of executives to orchestrate a multi-million dollar scam underscores the growing threat posed by AI-generated deepfakes. Deepfakes are digitally altered media, including videos, photos, and audio clips, that appear to depict real individuals. These manipulated media are created using artificial intelligence trained on authentic clips of a person, resulting in realistic yet fabricated content.

This incident in Hong Kong is just one example of the increasing prevalence of deepfakes, with recent cases involving fake explicit images of celebrities like Taylor Swift and the use of deepfake videos in political campaigns. In the banking sector, cybercriminals are employing voice clones to impersonate individuals and gain access to funds, while spear phishing attacks leveraging deepfakes are targeting unsuspecting individuals and their networks.

To combat the rising threat of deepfakes, organizations must take proactive measures to safeguard their employees and brand reputation. This includes ongoing education on AI-enabled scams and new AI capabilities, upgrading phishing guidance to include deepfake threats, and implementing robust authentication measures for employees, business partners, and customers.

Additionally, companies should consider the potential impacts of deepfakes on their assets, such as logos and advertising campaigns, and develop strategies to mitigate these risks. With the continued advancement of generative AI and the proliferation of deepfake technology, organizations must anticipate the likelihood of encountering more sophisticated deepfakes in the future.

While deepfakes pose significant cybersecurity concerns, they also represent complex and emerging phenomena with broader societal implications. A proactive and thoughtful approach to addressing deepfakes can help educate stakeholders and ensure that measures to combat them are responsible and effective.

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