Well, at least they might if we don’t plan appropriately. This blog will explore the world of cybersecurity in AI and the potential of this technology as it advances.

In our ever-connected world, we entrust AI with a plethora of information about our lives, from our daily routines to our most personal records. While this technology offers incredible benefits, it also raises important questions about privacy, security, and control. In this blog post, we’ll explore the impact of AI on our lives, drawing inspiration from a recent miniseries and delving into the crucial role of AI and Machine Learning (ML) in the realm of cybersecurity.

AI in “Class of 09”:

Recently, I watched a fascinating miniseries on Hulu called “Class of 09,” which revolves around an FBI class of 2009. This series delves into AI, taking us through the past, present, and future, offering a unique perspective on technology’s evolution and its effects on society. The central story arc is centered around an AI system that starts as a tool to assist agents but eventually turns into a formidable weapon to identify and confront wrongdoers. As the AI becomes increasingly sentient, it begins to view humans as threats, much like the dystopian scenario depicted in “iRobot.”

The massive amount of data – is an ongoing issue.

Back in the ’90s, the technology world was grappling with the idea of a 1-gigabyte hard drive as a significant storage solution (if we only knew!). Fast forward to today, and we find ourselves in the era of “zetta and yottabyte” (1021 – 1024 data storage, where the scale of information is staggering. To put it in perspective, envision a stack of 8 1/2 by 11-inch papers stacked as high as the Washington Monument – that’s roughly the equivalent of 1 gigabyte of data. Now, multiply that by millions to billions, and you’ll grasp the immense volume of data in the cloud.

Not only is the amount of data and the proliferation of AI an issue, but we also have cyber adversaries operating with ruthless determination, driven by motives that often disregard feelings, morals, and laws. They seek data, money, fame, or other objectives, and they stop at nothing to achieve their goals. In this high-stakes game, we, as defenders of cybersecurity, must act proactively and swiftly.

The Ethics of AI:

This storyline raises an important question: how do we ensure that AI systems are used responsibly and ethically, rather than targeting individuals based on mere suspicion? As AI advances rapidly, we need to implement checks and balances to ensure fairness and control. The line between progress and potential chaos is thin, and we must tread carefully.

Rigorous Security Practices:

To effectively combat threats, rigorous identity practices are essential. Verifying the identity of users and devices is a fundamental step in safeguarding data and systems. Implementing strong identity practices can help prevent unauthorized access and potential breaches.

Security frameworks work for cybersecurity and as I’ve stated in past blogs, “just pick a framework”. You don’t have to be picky, but you should consider one for your particular set of requirements. For some the CIS Benchmark (Formerly Sans top 20) might work, others NIST, CoBIT, or something from ISO. AI should not be any different and you should find a framework for it and around the Large Language Models (LLMs) you will be working with.

As AI and ML continue to evolve, it’s vital to establish a security framework for large language models. These deep learning algorithms are becoming integral in various applications, but their potential misuse can pose significant risks. A structured framework can ensure responsible use and mitigate potential security concerns.

There is a very promising future of AI, if only we used it as a tool in the toolbox. A really fast, smart, and innovative tool but one none the less. The thing about tools is they have to have a purpose and some are complex enough you should learn how to use them properly, so you don’t hurt yourself or others. Despite the massive data challenges, AI holds immense potential for enhancing our lives.

Exciting developments are underway in fields like autonomous vehicles, aerial imaging using drones, robotic surgical systems, exoskeletons, collaborative robots, automated farming, smart home devices, virtual assistants, virtual reality, and space exploration. The future of AI and robotics is indeed bright, limited only by our imagination.


While AI has the power to transform our lives for the better, it also demands our vigilance and ethical considerations. As we navigate this AI-powered world, it’s crucial to strike a balance between innovation and responsibility. The cybersecurity landscape is evolving, and AI is at the forefront, empowering professionals to safeguard our digital realm. What are your thoughts on this? Follow my page for more insights into the exciting world of AI and technology.

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About the author

Shawn Anderson has an extensive background in cybersecurity, beginning his career while serving in the US Marine Corps. He played a significant role as one of the original agents in the cybercrime unit of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Throughout his career, Shawn has held various positions, including Security Analyst, Systems Engineer, Director of Security, Security Advisor, and twice as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). His CISO roles involved leading security initiatives for a large defense contractor’s intelligence business and an energy company specializing in transporting environmentally friendly materials.

Beyond his professional achievements, Shawn is recognized for his expertise in the field of cybersecurity. He is a sought-after speaker, writer, and industry expert, providing valuable insights to both C-Suite executives and boards of directors.

Currently, Shawn serves as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Boston Meridian Partners. In this role, he evaluates emerging technologies, collaborates with major security providers to devise cybersecurity strategies, and delivers technology insights to the private equity and venture capital community.

Overall, Shawn Anderson’s career journey showcases a wealth of experience in cybersecurity and leadership roles, making him a respected and influential figure in the industry.

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