Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning , Governance & Risk Management , Next-Generation Technologies & Secure Development

CyberEdBoard Insights: Shefali Mookencherry and Kenneth Townsend

CISOs From University of Illinois and Ingredion on AI Copyright and Consent
Shefali Mookencherry, CISO and chief privacy officer, University of Illinois at Chicago, and CyberEdBoard member; and Kenneth Townsend, CISO, Ingredion, and CyberEdBoard member

The rapid development in artificial intelligence has fueled a rise in copyright infringement lawsuits. AI systems often generate content based on copyrighted materials without proper consent. Organizations are "traversing an area where we don't know a lot yet," so they must understand whether these lawsuits are about infringement or lack of due diligence, said Shefali Mookencherry, CISO and chief privacy officer at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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"There are consent issues from a patient privacy perspective, or even copyrighted material, where, if an artist creates their own painting and a prompt is put into an AI system, it generates that artist's authorship or penmanship," she said.

Legal teams are struggling with AI's diverse use cases, said Kenneth Townsend, CISO at Ingredion. Improper data handling could lead to significant legal ramifications, he said, prompting the need for further study before AI can be comfortably integrated into business operations. Especially in nonhealthcare companies where data is often licensed, AI-generated data must be handled cautiously, he said.

"Working with our legal team, it has caused them to scratch their heads a bit," Townsend said. "Every use case is so different, and I think it is an opportunity."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at Cybersecurity Summit: North America Midwest, Mookencherry and Townsend also discussed:

  • The role of data owners in managing and securing AI data;
  • The need for AI governance policies to ensure responsible use;
  • Challenges in handling copyrighted material within AI systems.

Mookencherry has extensive experience in healthcare cybersecurity, HIPAA, PCI and promoting interoperability and revenue cycle areas, including more than 30 years in the healthcare industry, with 15 spent in senior management positions. She is a member of the CyberEdBoard.

Townsend has more than 20 years of experience in delivering business value by developing and executing IT and cybersecurity strategies. His areas of expertise include information security, risk management, ITIL and IoT. He is a member of the CyberEdBoard.


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Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.




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