Businesses Are Reportedly Blocking ChatGPT on Work Devices

Businesses are reportedly blocking ChatGPT on work devices. Does this move in question mark the end of ChatGPT in the workplace? For now, we just need to keep our fingers crossed, but one cannot deny just how worrying this is for the AI tech company.

Businesses Are Blocking ChatGPT

Businesses Are Blocking ChatGPT

Organizations and companies are increasingly banning the utilization of generative AI tools such as ChatGPT thus citing concerns over privacy, security, and even reputational damage.

In a new report that was published by BlackBerry, 66% of organizations and companies that it reportedly surveyed revealed that they will be prohibiting the infamous AI writer as well as others at the workplace, with a further 76% of IT decision-makers, on the other hand, accepting that employers are allowed to control what type of software workers can use for their job.

What’s more, 69% of those organizations that are implementing bans stated that they would be permanent or even long-term, as such is the risk of harm that the tools in question pose to the security and privacy of a company.

Conflict Of Interest between Companies Regarding Generative AI

However, you should know that there is also a conflict, as just half (54%) of organizations that were surveyed also acknowledge that powerful AI such as ChatGPT could boost productivity, all thanks to its ability to accomplish a host of tasks much quicker and effectively than a human could. And whilst ITDMs all agree with the right to the ban of such tools, 66% on the other hand also thought that such bans in question would amount to excessive controls over corporate and BYO devices.

When considering the utilization of generative AI for cybersecurity purposes, a different picture was however revealed. 74% of organizations were in favor of making use of them for this very particular reason, well, perhaps in an effort to combat the utilization of AI by attackers, since anyone can easily get access to these tools, and even those that are without technical skills can easily develop and deploy malware with relative ease.

The CTO of Cybersecurity at Blackberry’s Advice on Utilization of Generative AI

Given the advantages that AI tools such as ChatGPT can confer, Shishir Singh, the CTO of Cybersecurity at BlackBerry, advises a more measured type of approach:

“Banning Generative AI applications in the workplace can mean a wealth of potential business benefits are quashed. As platforms mature and regulations take effect, flexibility could be introduced into organizational policies. The key will be in having the right tools in place for visibility, monitoring, and management of applications used in the workplace.”

Companies Are Worried About Leaking Company Data

No doubt that companies have been spooked by stories of workers reportedly leaking sensitive data to ChatGPT and most notably employees at Samsung, who entered information that is pertaining to confidential meetings as well as technical data into the Large Language Model. This very piece of information is now in the OpenAI servers, which are the developers of ChatGPT, and there is absolutely no way for the electronics giant to delete it now.

And in order to alleviate the fears surrounding private data being leaked, Microsoft is however planning a more secure version of the GPT model, which it states will not send company data to the public-facing OpenAI servers.



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