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Microsoft Counterfit Tool for Testing Security of AI Systems Released as Open-Source Project

Microsoft says it uses Counterfit to catch vulnerabilities in its AI systems before public releases.

Microsoft Counterfit Tool for Testing Security of AI Systems Released as Open-Source Project

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Microsoft survey showed most companies don’t have proper tools to secure their AI systems

  • Microsoft Counterfit is for developers and IT professionals
  • It makes published attack algorithms accessible
  • Microsoft is holding a walk-through of Counterfit on May 10

Microsoft Counterfit that can help organisations test the security of their artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) systems has been released as an open source tool. Microsoft says that the tool can test if the algorithms used in AI and ML systems are “robust, reliable, and trustworthy”. The Redmond-based company says that it uses the Counterfit internally to test its AI systems for vulnerabilities before launching them. Microsoft will be holding a walk-through of Counterfit and a live tutorial on May 10.

As per a blog post by Microsoft, Counterfeit is a tool to secure AI systems that are used in various industries such as healthcare, finance, and defence. Citing a survey of 28 organisations, spanning Fortune 500 companies, governments, non-profits, and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), Microsoft says that it found out that 25 out of 28 businesses don't have the right tools to secure their AI systems.

“Consumers must have confidence that the AI systems powering these important domains are secure from adversarial manipulation,” reads the blogpost.

Microsoft says that it engaged with a diverse profile of partners to test the tool against their machine learning models in their environments and to ensure that Counterfit addresses a broader set of security professionals' needs. Counterfit is also highlighted as a tool to empower engineers to securely develop and deploy AI systems. Apart from having workflows and terminology similar to popular offensive tools, Counterfeit is said to make published attack algorithms accessible to the security community.

Microsoft also has Counterfit Git Hub repository, and is holding a walk-through as well as live tutorial on May 10. If you are a developer, or work in an organisation that wants to use the tool to secure AI systems, you can register for the webinar.

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Sourabh Kulesh is a Chief Sub Editor at Gadgets 360. He has worked in a national daily newspaper, a news agency, a magazine and now writing technology news online. He has knowledge on a wide gamut of topics related to cybersecurity, enterprise and consumer technology. Write to sourabhk@ndtv.com or get in touch on Twitter through his handle @KuleshSourabh. More
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