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Is AI like Microsoft Copilot right for my business? What do I need to know?

Mar 27, 2024
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AI technology is rapidly maturing and becoming increasingly helpful for business operations with advances such as Microsoft Copilot. Business leaders find themselves with a great opportunity to leverage the enormous potential of AI technology to maximize efficiency and gain a competitive edge – but at the same time, are concerned about security and protecting company and client data. While these tools offer extremely attractive promises of increased productivity and innovation, businesses must also carefully navigate potential risks and pitfalls, particularly regarding cybersecurity.

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Here are some things to keep in mind as you consider your next move with AI: 

AI Adoption and Security for Your Business
Prospective cyber threats are not just about preventing data breaches, but also ensuring business continuity and safeguarding customer trust. According to ExpressVPN's insights, cyber-attacks were projected to cost the world $8 trillion in 2023, a number expected to rise in the coming years. These attacks can be financially devastating, disruptive to business operations, and may erode your customers’ confidence and brand reputation. 

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How AI Can Help – and How to Implement Securely
AI adoption, including tools like Microsoft Copilot, offers significant advantages:

  • Boosted Productivity: Streamlining workflows and automating mundane tasks for maximum efficiency.
  • Empowered Decision-Making: Harnessing data analytics to drive informed business strategies.
  • Elevated Customer Experiences: Tailoring services through data-driven insights.
  • Optimized Marketing Strategies: Fine-tuning marketing efforts with AI-driven analytics.
  • Sales Enablement: Supporting sales teams with AI-powered tools for enhanced performance.
  • Insightful Decision-Making: Leveraging AI for data-driven decision-making across all business facets.
  • Revolutionized Recruiting: Simplifying recruitment processes and talent sourcing through AI-driven solutions.

However, with all the great benefits, there must be a balance between leveraging AI's potential and mitigating risks including:

  • Cybersecurity: If not implemented properly, AI systems may be vulnerable to attacks, leading to data breaches and privacy infringements.
  • Regulatory Guidance: As regulations continue to evolve, businesses must prioritize maintaining data protection standards and promoting ethical AI usage. It's crucial to ensure that your team is well-informed and stays current with these changes, especially considering developments such as those outlined in the White House Executive Order on AI.
  • Business Continuity Planning: minimize disruptions and ensure continuity during cyber incidents.

Curious to learn more about how AI can boost productivity, user experience, and business growth?

Register here to join our webinar on April 2nd to explore how Microsoft AI can empower your business with AI-driven solutions and the right safeguards for success.

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