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OpenAI Allocates $1M to Fund AI-Driven Cybersecurity Programs

OpenAI has joined fellow tech-based companies to admit that criminals are continually formulating innovative channels to orchestrate illicit activities. 

Equipping Cybersecurity Defenders a Necessity to Win War Against Cybercrime

The San Francisco-based firm behind the popular ChatGPT vowed to continually equip the defenders against cybercriminals, now leveraging AI to fulfill their evil purposes. 

The firm, led by Sam Altman, warned the cyber criminals it dabbed as white hat hackers of a severe onslaught to weed them out of AI-powered channels.


The firm stated while unveiling the Cybersecurity Grant Program, it is allocating a $1m grant in support of reinforcing the cybersecurity program. The project design prioritizes boosting and quantifying the AI-powered cybersecurity potential. 

AI Regulation a Necessity to Battle Malicious Application

The statement is not surprising considering the consistent vocal stance OpenAI adopted in lobbying for AI regulation as a necessity to avert its malicious application. 

OpenAI forecasts criminals using AI as immense by citing the creation of deepfakes and malware. The California-based AI firm portrayed the necessity of regulation as a digital arms race. It argues that adopting cybersecurity to suppress AI-powered malicious efforts is necessary to guarantee the good guys avoid breathing the cyber insecurities dust. 

AI-generated Deepfakes a Challenge for Cybersecurity

OpenAI grant to fund the cybersecurity program seeks to expedite response to the AI-generated deepfakes. Recently, deepfakes have dominated the internet media, particularly child murder victims emerging as the new worst thing. 

OpenAI support for cybersecurity is timely, given the demonstrated capability to formulate AI-generated deepfakes that involve influential people. In particular, AI-powered cybercrime is evident in the pope’s image donning a puffy Balenciaga jacket. 

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Deepfakes Extending to Attack Figures Within Political Sphere

Beyond religion, deepfakes use within the political sphere is evident in the circulation of former President Donald Trump’s arrest. The trend is shifting toward murder victims’ deepfakes aiming to trigger an emotional reaction from the public. New Haven cyber-criminal scholar Paul Bleakley considers the deepfakes of nature are designed to stimulate strong emotional reactions. The assistant professor admitted that such images yield the guaranteed pathway to earn clicks and likes. 

OpenAI confirmed assembling multiple project ideas. The US firm is mulling honeypots specifically designed to trap attackers. Also, it facilitates developers to create software prioritizing secure designs while optimizing patch management processes. 

Million Dollar Initiative for AI-powered Cybersecurity Solutions

The million-dollar initiative targets facilitating the development of defenders’ capability in AI-powered cybersecurity solutions. The program’s details, as outlined in the OpenAI official post, seek to nurture the expertise of defenders to AI-powered levels. 

The grant program seeks effective security AI-powered moderns. Its accomplishment would involve enabling cybersecurity firms to nurture their prowess. 

The cutting-edge initiative has threefold goals. Primarily, it targets empowering the efforts of the defenders by harnessing the power inherent in AI. Its attainment mandates coordinating like-minded individuals to guarantee the scales are always tipping to favor parties working to reinforce collective safety. 

The subsequent goal involves empowering the measure capabilities. OpenAI desires to support initiatives prioritizing quantifying approaches to assess the AI models’ effectiveness in guaranteeing cybersecurity. 

Lastly, the Altman-led OpenAI seeks to elevate the discourse to encourage conversations oriented to the AI-cybersecurity intersection. 

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OpenAI Prioritizing Coordinated Fight Against AI-powered Cybercrime

The move challenges the customary view held within the cybersecurity sphere. OpenAI restates the need for 100% correctness since cyber attackers need a single strike to execute the desired exploit. 

OpenAI executives seek affiliations with the inherent value of coordinated effort to secure systems and humanity. As such, OpenAI targets the grant initiative will fuel the efforts to arm defenders to wrestle cybercrime with AI. The statement by OpenAI was noncommittal on the developers seeking the grant. 

Meanwhile Crowdstrike already offers AI-powered security as a fundamental to battle cybercrime. Besides replacing the typical antivirus, Crowdstrike is leveraging AI-powered analytics to resolve vulnerabilities by validating new indicators of attack (IOAs). The firm relies upon AI-capabilities to power its CrowdStrike Falcon®.  

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Stephen Causby

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