Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning , Next-Generation Technologies & Secure Development , Standards, Regulations & Compliance

Generative AI: Embrace It, But Put Up Guardrails

Cisco's Pam Lindemoen and Daniel DeSantis on GAI's Impact on CISOs, AI Use Cases
Generative AI: Embrace It, But Put Up Guardrails
Daniel DeSantis, director of CISO Advisory, Cisco, and Pam Lindemoen, CISO adviser, Cisco

Generative AI is a lot more than just another threat vector. Adversaries are using it to refine phishing attacks and deepfakes and to manipulate data. It is changing the security industry and elevating the role of the CISO.

AI can be used for defense, said Daniel DeSantis, director of CISO Advisory at Cisco said, but the industry needs guardrails to ensure that large language models are not being manipulated and that intellectual property and personal identifiable information are not being put in LLMs.

Pam Lindemoen, CISO adviser at Cisco, said CISOs must move "responsibly and thoughtfully" as they embrace generative AI. Legislation to make generative AI safe, she said, is "not just a regulatory requirement - it's an ethical requirement too."

In this episode of's podcast series, "Cybersecurity Insights," DeSantis and Lindemoen also discuss:

  • The ways in which artificial intelligence can benefit humankind;
  • Using AI to speed up detection and separate signals more quickly;
  • The future of network security and how Cisco seeks to build a more ethical and sustainable world.

Lindemoen has over 25 years of experience within the IT industry. She joined Cisco from Anthem Inc., where she was deputy CISO. Prior to Anthem, she led business development, software development, IT operations, program improvements and direct sales. Lindemoen serves on the board of Tampa Bay Tech and was recently appointed as a Senior Fellow for Cyber Florida: The Florida Center for Cybersecurity.

DeSantis has 25 years of experience. He rejoined Cisco in 2020 from Focal Point Data Risk, where he co-led efforts across advisory, identity and cyber workforce development practices. DeSantis started his technology career as CTO of two Midwest-based internet service providers. He is a member of FIRST.ORG, Security Advisor Alliance, ONG-ISAC, RH-ISAC and the West Florida Cyber Security Alliance.

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