10 points checklist to perform an audit of AI systems

How to do an audit of AI systems? What should be the scope of audit of AI systems? What are the advantages of audit of AI systems? These are the questions asked by enterprises as AI grows and inculcates into the big IT systems rapidly.

This blog list out 10 points checklist to perform an audit of AI systems.

Roles and responsibilities defined by the auditee organizationA list of roles and responsibilities should be defined in the auditee organization to implement the IT system. Examples of some roles include project leader to manage project activities, developer to develop AI models, one role related to see the aspects of privacy, etc.
Hardware and Software RequirementHardware and Software are crucial in running AI systems. Adequacy of hardware ensures proper processing power to run systems. Software adequacy includes checking of genuine licenses, patch updation on time, etc. Ensure organization uses existing frameworks and regulations to implement AI systems.
Algorithms used Algorithms are the backbone of AI systems. Here, we must check the algorithms that should be brought from trusted libraries. If an organization implemented the AI algorithms, a thorough audit must be performed by a subject matter expert (SME).
Data SourcesMust ensure data used in the system is close to real data. Check data acquisition method, data quality of raw data, the structure of database etc. and ensure the correctness of data at multiple levels.
Data PrivacyData privacy is a critical factor and must be enforced by any organization. Ensure data privacy by way of checking the processes involved in handling data.
Data CleaningClean data is most important in getting less inaccurate results. Ensure the proper mechanism is in place to remove data that is not relevant for the AI system.
MaintenanceEnsure proper maintenance of the AI system by verifying the process involved in the day-to-day activities.
Evaluation Ensure the AI system evaluates each input and output, based on the use cases.
Security risks Ensure security is considered in each use case of the AI system. Face recognition used for authentication should not allow adversary wrongly.
Another aspect is to manage the explosion of data from edge computing and IoT, which must be securely transferred and processed between different endpoints.
Privacy of dataEnsure implementation of privacy-related procedures of data must be followed strictly by the processes involved in AI systems.

Conclusion

Every enterprise must follow international standards while implementing AI systems. In addition, audits of those systems uncovered many new issues from AI systems. Auditors must devise a plan of audits and define success and failure criteria for the audit. Here, technical documentation of the AI system played a critical role.

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