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New guidelines for Secure AI System Development unveiled

Th UK has published the first global guidelines to ensure the secure development of AI technology as part of an initiative encompassing agencies from 17 other countries that have confirmed they will endorse and co-seal the new guidelines.

The guidelines aim to raise the cyber security levels of artificial intelligence and help ensure that it is designed, developed, and deployed securely.

The Guidelines for Secure AI System Development have been developed by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, and the US’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in cooperation with industry experts and 21 other international agencies and ministries from across the world – including those from all members of the G7 group of nations and from the Global South.

The new UK-led guidelines are the first of their kind to be agreed globally. They will help developers of any systems that use AI make informed cyber security decisions at every stage of the development process – whether those systems have been created from scratch or built on top of tools and service provided by others.

The guidelines help developers ensure that cyber security is both an essential pre-condition of AI system safety and integral to the development process from the outset and throughout, known as a ‘secure by design’ approach.

AI MONTH: AI and Fraud Prevention – A confluence of technology and security

Businesses and financial institutions face a constantly mutating landscape of fraudulent activities. Traditional systems, once hailed as robust, now frequently lag behind in detecting and preventing contemporary fraud schemes. Enter Artificial Intelligence (AI): a transformative force that’s reshaping fraud prevention by providing real-time, predictive, and adaptable solutions. Here we explore the growing influence of AI in combatting fraud and safeguarding assets, based on input from delegates and suppliers at the Merchant Fraud Summit…

  1. Real-time Transaction Analysis: AI can process vast amounts of data at lightning speeds. This allows it to assess each transaction in real-time, comparing it against patterns of normal behaviour. If a transaction looks suspicious (say, an unusually large purchase made in a foreign country late at night), the AI system can flag it instantly for review or even block it until it’s verified.
  2. Deep Learning for Pattern Recognition: Fraudsters are known for their adaptability, constantly changing tactics to evade detection. Deep learning, a subset of AI, empowers systems to ‘learn’ from vast datasets, recognising patterns and anomalies without being explicitly programmed. This means that even if fraudsters alter their tactics, AI systems trained using deep learning can detect these new patterns, keeping businesses one step ahead.
  3. Predictive Fraud Analysis: Beyond merely detecting known fraudulent tactics, AI leverages predictive analytics to forecast potential future threats. By analysing historical fraud data and blending it with current transaction trends, AI can offer predictions about where and when the next potential fraud might occur. This proactive approach allows businesses to bolster security in vulnerable areas before a breach happens.
  4. Enhanced Authentication Protocols: AI has amplified the capabilities of biometric authentication methods like facial recognition, voice analysis, and fingerprint scanning. By continuously learning and updating individual profiles, AI ensures that only the authentic user can access accounts, thereby drastically reducing identity theft or account takeovers.
  5. Natural Language Processing for Phishing Detection: Phishing emails are a common tool in a fraudster’s arsenal. AI, equipped with Natural Language Processing (NLP), can scan emails and detect subtle linguistic cues that might indicate a phishing attempt, protecting users from potential threats.
  6. Automated Reporting and Decision Making: Post-incident reports are crucial for understanding breaches and strengthening defences. AI can automate this process, collating data, suggesting remedial measures, and even implementing certain protective protocols without human intervention.
  7. Adaptable and Self-learning Systems: One of the greatest advantages of AI is its inherent adaptability. As it encounters new types of fraud or even near-miss events, it learns, refines its algorithms, and becomes even more effective in subsequent detections.

AI is not merely a tool but a dynamic shield adapting and evolving in the face of emerging threats. As businesses and transactions continue their inexorable shift online, AI stands as a sentinel, safeguarding assets and instilling trust in systems. The fusion of AI and fraud prevention is an exemplar of how technology can be harnessed to protect, predict, and prevail against malicious intent.

Are you looking for mobile anti-fraud solutions for your business? The Merchant Fraud Summit can help!

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Harnessing artificial intelligence to combat merchant fraud in retail

The retail sector has been both blessed and cursed for the fast pace of e-commerce growth and arrival of alternative payments. The boon of online shopping and digitisation has expanded horizons for retailers, but with it comes the bane of increased fraud. Fortunately, Artificial Intelligence (AI) emerges as a stalwart ally in detecting and thwarting merchant fraud. Here’s how AI is revolutionising the fight against fraudulent activities in retail…

  1. Real-time Fraud Detection:
    • Function: AI algorithms can continuously monitor transactions, identifying anomalies and suspicious patterns in real-time, often before a human could even notice them.
    • Benefit: Immediate detection ensures that potentially fraudulent transactions are flagged and investigated swiftly, minimising financial losses and ensuring consumer trust remains intact.
  2. Predictive Analysis:
    • Function: By examining vast sets of historical data, AI can predict potential future fraudulent activities based on past patterns and behaviours.
    • Benefit: Proactively identifying possible fraud before it even occurs puts retailers one step ahead of fraudsters, thereby acting as a deterrent.
  3. Multi-layered Verification:
    • Function: AI can integrate and analyse data from various sources – such as transactional data, customer behaviour, and device ID – to validate the authenticity of a transaction.
    • Benefit: A comprehensive, multi-faceted verification process reduces the likelihood of false positives, ensuring legitimate transactions are not inadvertently blocked.
  4. Natural Language Processing (NLP):
    • Function: AI-driven NLP tools can scan customer communication, feedback, and reviews to identify possible instances or allegations of fraud that might go unnoticed in vast datasets.
    • Benefit: By pinpointing these potential red flags, retailers can proactively investigate and address concerns, bolstering their reputation and trustworthiness.
  5. Deep Learning for Identity Verification:
    • Function: Deep learning, a subset of AI, can be utilised for facial recognition, voice recognition, and other biometric verifications to ensure that a transaction is being made by the legitimate cardholder.
    • Benefit: This level of identity verification significantly reduces instances of identity theft and card-not-present fraud.
  6. Behavioural Analytics:
    • Function: AI can track and analyse the behavioural patterns of users, including browsing habits, purchase history, and even mouse movements, to detect anomalies that might indicate fraud.
    • Benefit: Recognising deviations from a user’s typical behaviour allows for more nuanced fraud detection, reducing both false negatives and positives.
  7. Adaptive Systems:
    • Function: AI systems can learn and adapt. As they encounter new types of fraud or refine their understanding of existing schemes, they can evolve to detect and prevent these new threats more effectively.
    • Benefit: An adaptive system ensures that fraud detection strategies are always up-to-date and equipped to combat the latest tactics employed by fraudsters.

The marriage of retail and AI in the realm of fraud detection and prevention offers a robust shield against malicious activities. While no system can guarantee complete immunity, the capabilities of AI certainly place retailers in a far stronger position to safeguard their assets, reputation, and most importantly, their customers.

You can learn more about the benefits of AI and the anti-fraud benefits it offers at the Merchant Fraud Summit.

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