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75% of Organisations Worldwide to Ban ChatGPT and Generative AI Apps on Work Devices


BlackBerry Limited has released new research revealing that 75% of organisations worldwide are currently implementing or considering bans on ChatGPT and other generative AI applications within the workplace. Sixty-one percent of those deploying or considering bans said the measures are intended as long term or permanent, with risks to data security, privacy, and corporate reputation driving decisions to take action. Eighty-three percent also voiced concerns that unsecured apps pose a cybersecurity threat to their corporate IT environment.

Despite their inclination towards outright bans, the majority also recognise the opportunity for generative AI applications in the workplace to increase efficiency (55%) and innovation (52%) and enhance creativity (51%). When it comes to using generative AI tools for cybersecurity defence, the majority of respondents (81%) remained in favour, suggesting that IT decision-makers do not want to be caught flat-footed and give cyber criminals the upper hand.

Shishir Singh, Chief Technology Officer, Cybersecurity, at BlackBerry, is calling for organisations to take a cautious yet dynamic approach to generative AI applications in the workplace, saying: “Banning generative AI applications in the workplace can mean a wealth of potential business benefits are quashed. At BlackBerry, the pioneer of AI cybersecurity, we are innovating with enterprise-grade generative AI, keeping a steady focus on value over hype and are exercising caution with unsecured consumer generative AI tools. As platforms mature and regulations take effect, flexibility could be introduced into organizational policies. The key will be in having the right tools in place for visibility, monitoring and management of applications used in the workplace.”

A Dichotomy of Beliefs

The research also revealed that although 80% of IT decision makers agree that organisations are within their rights to control the applications that employees use for business purposes, 74% think that such bans signal “excessive control” over corporate and BYO devices.

For CIOs and CISOs, unified endpoint management (UEM) provides the required controls over which applications can connect to the corporate environment, ensuring enterprise security together with user privacy by containerizing corporate data. At a time when consumer-grade Generative AI and other unregulated applications are unsecure, an enterprise-grade UEM solution, such as BlackBerry UEM, is critical to organisations.

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