Effect of Cybersecurity Concerns on AI-Related Initiaves of U.S. Companies

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More than one-third of U.S. companies in Deloitte survey continued with AI initiative despite cybersecurity threats, while some decided to slow down, veer away from or cancel projects, in 2018

Effect of Cybersecurity Concerns on AI-Related Initiaves of U.S. Companies

2018 (percentage)

Note: Data based on Deloitte's survey of 1,100 business and information technology (IT) executives who are knowledgeable on cognitive technologies or artificial intelligence and are working for companies that are testing and implementing AI in U.S. across 10 industries

Proof Point Findings

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Software technologies autonomously performing tasks equal to or better than humans
  • Continued AI Initiatives – 36% of companies surveyed by Deloitte moved ahead with AI initiatives despite cybersecurity concerns in 2018
  • Cybersecurity Breach – 32% of respondents experienced cyber breach relating to company's AI initiatives within last two years
  • Project Reevaluation – 30% of respondents slowed their AI projects down, while 16% cancelled or halted it due to cyber threats in 2018, and another 20% of companies have decided to not start or have initiatives due to cybersecurity concerns
  • Executive Concerns – Include safety and reliability of AI systems, receiving wrong strategic AI or cognitive recommendations, fully entrusting AI systems with responsibilities and amount of sensitive data put into public clouds


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Date Last Updated

March 1, 2019

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