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21st February 2024 Issue no. 693

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Greater investment into cyber security needed to protect businesses and democracy in the UK

In a stark warning, the UK's cyber security agency has sounded the alarm on the escalating threat posed by artificial intelligence (AI) to the integrity of the next general election, which must happen by January 2025. Other major elections in western democracies, such as the United States, are also under threat, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned.

In light of this, Claire Trachet, cyber security expert and CFO of global bug bounty platform, YesWeHack, discusses the vital need for greater investment into cyber security in the UK as AI continues to evolve.

The NCSC, part of GCHQ, emphasised the urgent need for heightened vigilance and a comprehensive review of the electoral process in the face of evolving AI capabilities. The agency warns that malevolent AI entities could exploit vulnerabilities, manipulate public opinion, and potentially compromise the democratic fabric of the nation.
Organisations of all sizes across the UK have been urged to step up their own cyber security efforts as the NCSC and GHCQ continue in their commitment to securing the integrity of the UK’s democratic processes. The collaboration between government, industry, and the public is paramount in navigating the intricate web of AI threats and ensuring a free, fair, and secure electoral future.
Claire Trachet commented: “Cyber security stands as the guardian amidst growing threats in the face of ever-advancing AI. The recent warnings from the NCSC underscore the importance of heightened vigilance and a meticulous review of our electoral systems in light of evolving AI capabilities.
“The importance of cyber security extends far beyond a consideration, it is imperative in an evolving digital society. As we navigate an increasingly complex and interconnected world, the call to fortify our cyber defences resonates louder than ever. It is vital that the government channels a greater level of investment into cyber security to protect both UK businesses and democratic processes from potential interference.”  

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