The AI Race: Security for AGI

by Chuck Dyer - June 14, 2024

Welcome back to the next blog in our series, "The AI Race." Today, we'll delve into a critical aspect of AI development that often goes under the radar: security. As we advance towards creating Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), securing these powerful technologies becomes paramount. Let's explore why this is vital for your business and what steps you can take to ensure robust AI security.

The Importance of AI Security

The rapid progress in AI brings not only opportunities but also significant risks. As AI systems become more advanced, they also become more attractive targets for malicious actors, including state-sponsored hackers. This is especially true for AGI, which has the potential to revolutionize industries and economies. Protecting AGI from theft, sabotage, or misuse is crucial for maintaining competitive advantage and national security.

The Current State of AI Lab Security

Unfortunately, many leading AI labs treat security as an afterthought. Despite the enormous potential of AGI, these labs often lack robust security measures, inadvertently making critical AI secrets vulnerable. This oversight could lead to devastating consequences, such as the unauthorized access and exploitation of AGI by hostile entities.

Why This Matters to Your Business

You might wonder how this impacts your business. The reality is that as AI becomes more integrated into various sectors, the security of AI systems directly affects business operations, data integrity, and intellectual property. Here’s why robust AI security should be a top priority for your business:

  1. Protecting Intellectual Property: AI models and algorithms are valuable assets. Securing these assets against theft is essential to maintain a competitive edge.
  2. Ensuring Data Integrity: AI systems rely on vast amounts of data. Protecting this data from tampering ensures the accuracy and reliability of AI outputs.
  3. Preventing Misuse: Robust security measures can prevent the misuse of AI technologies, protecting both your business and the broader community.

Example: AI in Financial Services

Let’s consider an example in the financial services industry. Financial institutions use AI for everything from fraud detection to personalized customer service. An AI system that can analyze transaction patterns and detect fraudulent activity is invaluable. However, if this system is compromised, it could lead to significant financial losses and damage to the institution's reputation.

Imagine a scenario where hackers gain access to the AI model and alter its algorithms to bypass fraud detection. The consequences would be catastrophic, leading to unchecked fraudulent activities and severe financial losses. This example underscores the importance of securing AI systems against potential threats.

Steps to Enhance AI Security

Securing AI, especially AGI, is a complex challenge, but there are steps businesses can take to protect their AI assets:

  1. Implement Robust Security Protocols: Ensure that your AI development and deployment processes include stringent security protocols. This includes regular security audits, encryption of sensitive data, and secure coding practices.
  2. Invest in Cybersecurity Infrastructure: Modern AI labs require advanced cybersecurity infrastructure. Investing in state-of-the-art firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and secure cloud services can significantly enhance your security posture.
  3. Train Your Team: Ensure that your team is aware of the importance of AI security and is trained in best practices. This includes recognizing potential threats, following secure development practices, and responding effectively to security incidents.
  4. Collaborate with Security Experts: Partner with cybersecurity firms and experts to conduct regular security assessments and stay updated on the latest threats and vulnerabilities.

Preparing for Future Challenges

As AI technology continues to evolve, so too will the security challenges. Here are a few additional steps to stay ahead:

  1. Monitor Regulatory Developments: Stay informed about emerging regulations and standards related to AI security. Compliance with these regulations will be crucial for maintaining trust and credibility.
  2. Adopt a Proactive Security Strategy: Rather than reacting to security breaches, adopt a proactive approach. Regularly update your security measures and anticipate potential threats.
  3. Foster a Security-First Culture: Encourage a culture where security is a top priority at every level of the organization. This mindset will help ensure that security considerations are integrated into every aspect of AI development and deployment.


Securing AI, particularly AGI, is not just an IT concern; it’s a business imperative. As we race towards more advanced AI systems, the importance of robust security measures cannot be overstated. At StarSevenSix, we are committed to helping you navigate these complexities and ensure that your AI initiatives are secure and successful.

Stay tuned for more insights in our "The AI Race" series, where we’ll continue to explore the transformative power of AI and what it means for your business.

Over his 35 year career, Chuck has worked in just about all facets of IT, from hands on network engineering to server and datacenter architecture to business continuity, as well as managing teams of developers focused on SaaS product design and development. Much of his career was building and advising emerging technology startups in the cloud, AI and blockchain industries. In addition, he is a US Military Veteran of 24 years, having served in the United States Marine Corps, United States Air Force Reserve and Ohio Naval Reserve. Chuck serves as the Vice President of Strategy at StarSevenSix.