The era of generative artificial intelligence (AI) is upon us at warp speed, epitomized by generative pre-trained transformer (GPT) tools such as ChatGPT. With the rapid adoption of ChatGPT and similar AI tools reaching historic levels, cybersecurity awareness also must rise as a top priority for individuals and organizations. October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, so it’s a good time to think about the incredible potential — and the cyber risk — associated with the advancement of AI tools in the hands of ordinary people.
Understanding the concerns surrounding new AI tools: speed to market and safety
For years, AI has silently operated in the background of many services we use — from search engines and Netflix recommendations, to auto-correct features and facial recognition services. However, the game changed with the recent introduction of ChatGPT, which put the power of AI front and center in most of our lives, whether we recognize it or not.1
ChatGPT saw historical adoption: 1 million users in the first five days following its November 2022 launch and an estimated 100 million users in the first two months.2 ChatGPT held the record for shortest time to one million users until it was recently beat out by Threads.3
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