DataRobot | January 19, 2022
AI Cloud leader DataRobot today released its State of AI Bias Report, conducted in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and global academic leaders. The report offers a deeper understanding of how the risk of AI bias can impact today’s organizations, and how business leaders can manage and mitigate this risk. Based on an exploration of over 350 organizations across industries, the research findings reveal that many leaders share deep concerns around the risk of bias in AI (54%) and a growing desire for government regulation to prevent bias in AI (81%).
AI is an essential technology to accelerate business growth and drive operational efficiency, yet many organizations struggle to implement AI effectively and fairly at scale. More than one in three (36%) organizations surveyed have experienced challenges or direct business impact due to an occurrence of AI bias in their algorithms, such as:
Lost revenue (62%)
Lost customers (61%)
Lost employees (43%)
Incurred legal fees due to a lawsuit or legal action (35%)
Damaged brand reputation/media backlash (6%)
“DataRobot’s research shows what many in the artificial intelligence field have long-known to be true: the line of what is and is not ethical when it comes to AI solutions has been too blurry for too long. “The CIOs, IT directors and managers, data scientists, and development leads polled in this research clearly understand and appreciate the gravity and impact at play when it comes to AI and ethics.”
Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of AI and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum
While organizations want to eliminate bias from their algorithms, many are struggling to do so effectively. The research found that 77% of organizations had an AI bias or algorithm test in place prior to discovering bias. Despite significant focus and investment in removing AI bias across the industry, organizations still struggle with many clear challenges to eliminating bias:
Understanding the reasons for a specific AI decision
Understanding the patterns between input values and AI decisions
Developing trustworthy algorithms
Determining what data is used to train AI
“The market for responsible AI solutions will double in 2022,” wrote Forrester VP and Principal Analyst Brandon Purcell in his report Predictions 2022: Artificial Intelligence. Purcell continues, “Responsible AI solutions offer a range of capabilities that help companies turn AI principles such as fairness and transparency into consistent practices. Demand for these solutions will likely double next year as interest extends beyond highly regulated industries into all enterprises using AI for critical business operations.”
DataRobot’s Trusted AI Team of subject-matter experts, data scientists and ethicists are pioneering efforts to build transparent and explainable AI with businesses and industries across the globe. Led by Ted Kwartler, VP of Trusted AI at DataRobot, the team’s mission is to deliver ethical AI systems and actionable guidance for a customer base that includes some of the largest banks in the world, top U.S. health insurers, and defense, intelligence, and civilian agencies within the U.S. federal government.
"The core challenge to eliminate bias is understanding why algorithms arrived at certain decisions in the first place,” said Kwartler. “Organizations need guidance when it comes to navigating AI bias and the complex issues attached. There has been progress, including the EU proposed AI principles and regulations, but there's still more to be done to ensure models are fair, trusted and explainable.”
DataRobot surveyed more than 350 U.S. and U.K.-based CIOs, IT directors, IT managers, data scientists, and development leads who use or plan to use AI. The research was fielded in 2021.
DataRobot AI Cloud is the next generation of AI. DataRobot’s AI Cloud vision is to bring together all data types, all users, and all environments to deliver critical business insights for every organization. DataRobot is trusted by global customers across industries and verticals, including a third of the Fortune 50.
AvePoint | April 06, 2021
AvePoint, the leading supplier of data storage systems for the Microsoft cloud, announced today that the AvePoint Online Services cloud platform has received FedRAMP authorization.
AvePoint Online Services' security controls have been rigorously tested, and its SaaS solutions have been certified for use in all federal agencies at the moderate impact level.
AvePoint Online Services is a software-as-a-service solution for migrating, maintaining, and securing data in Microsoft 365, enabling government departments to be consistent with digital collaboration. This includes backup for Microsoft 365, records management, permissions management, Microsoft Teams/SharePoint workspace management, and other features.
The Department of Energy served as the agency sponsor, with Maria Levesque, director of records management, orchestrating the campaign on the agency side.
As a result of this approval, the Department of Energy will be able to modernize and simplify its approach to records management in SharePoint and Microsoft Teams to conform with the M-19-21 NARA mandate.
AvePoint solutions are used by over 400 public organizations, including 163 federal agencies, to transfer, maintain, and protect their Microsoft 365 and SharePoint data.
"Agencies are using the Microsoft cloud and more sophisticated collaboration services in greater numbers than ever before. However, when they do so, too much data is generated in too many ways for traditional, manual compliance processes to handle "Taylor Davenport, AvePoint's Executive President of the US Public Sector, said, "By introducing automated solutions for managing, protecting, and securing their digital collaboration systems, agencies can achieve compliance in a more cost-effective and painless approach."
AvePoint allows you to collaborate comfortably. In the Microsoft Cloud, its data processing solutions assist our diverse global client base in overcoming complex transformation, governance, and regulatory issues.
AvePoint, a five-time Microsoft Partner of the Year winner, has the only complete suite of SaaS solutions for migrating, managing, and protecting data in Microsoft 365. Their solutions are used by over 7 million cloud customers, including a fifth of the Fortune 500.
Acalvio Technologies | October 27, 2021
Acalvio Technologies, the leader in Autonomous Deception, today announced that it has been approved as “FedRAMP Ready” for Agency Authorization. Acalvio achieved FedRAMP Ready status at the Moderate Impact Level for its ShadowPlex platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS). ShadowPlex is now listed in the FedRAMP Marketplace.
Acalvio’s award-winning Autonomous Deception™ platform, ShadowPlex, enables organizations to detect, investigate and respond to malicious activity inside the perimeter. Acalvio’s solutions are anchored on innovations in Distributed Deception, and Artificial Intelligence (AI), enabling security teams to cut through the cycle of endless alerts and accelerate threat detection by focusing on high fidelity detections, all while minimizing the incidence of potential false positives.
ShadowPlex patented architecture allows distributed and autonomous deployment of effective deception, with minimal IT overhead across On-premises and Cloud workloads and remote user machines. A comprehensive and extensible deception palette covers both IT and OT environments and reduces attacker dwell time by detecting malicious activity with precision and speed.
Solutions authorized at the FedRAMP Moderate Impact Level protect the government’s sensitive unclassified data in cloud environments, including data where the loss of confidentiality, integrity, and availability would result in serious adverse effects on a Federal agency’s operations, assets, or individuals.
“Acalvio ShadowPlex provides an effective and differentiated solution to detect and respond to advanced threats, even zero-day attacks. U.S. government departments and agencies need active defense solutions in place today to be ready for the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks facing our Nation. By achieving the FedRAMP Ready designation, Acalvio has demonstrated they are a valued partner for entities who wish to defend against cyber threats today.”
Ram Varadarajan, co-Founder & CEO at Acalvio Technologies
The FedRAMP Ready status adds to the SOC 2 and NIST 800-171 certifications previously achieved by Acalvio Technologies.
The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. Using a “do once, use many times” framework, the program ensures information systems/services used government-wide have adequate information security; eliminates duplication of effort and reduces risk management costs; and enables rapid and cost-effective procurement of information systems/services for federal agencies.
About Acalvio Technologies
Acalvio invented breakthrough Deception Technology based on 25+ issued patents and integrated it with advanced AI to provide industry leading autonomous deception solution that is effective, easy to use, and enterprise scale. Acalvio ShadowPlex reduces attacker dwell time by early detection of advanced threats and increases SOC efficiency by sophisticated investigation and active threat-hunting capabilities. Extensive partner integrations allow ShadowPlex to leverage customer’s security ecosystem for rapid and comprehensive threat containment. The Silicon Valley based company is led by an experienced team with a track record of innovation and market leadership and backed by marquee investors.