NIST A.I. Risk Management Framework Announcement

By   Adeola Adegunwa
Writer , Informationsecuritybuzz | Jan 27, 2023 05:42 am PST

Today, the Artificial Intelligence Risk Management Framework’s initial version was released, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a leading voice in developing A.I. standards (AI RMF). The AI RMF was developed over the past 18 months in a consensus-driven and transparent approach, with the first version influenced by more than 400 formal comments from 240 organizations. 

It is the official initial edition, which has been improved from earlier iterations and is accompanied by an A.I. Playbook that will be updated periodically. NIST’s efforts will influence future U.S. legislation, international A.I. standards, and the operations of U.S. businesses. Additionally, it will help to increase public confidence in developing technology like A.I.

Main Objectives Of Artificial Intelligence Risk Management Framework 1.0

The ultimate objective of the AI RMF is to encourage the adoption of trustworthy A.I., which NIST defines as high-performing A.I. systems that are secure, valid, trustworthy, fair, privacy-enhancing, transparent & accountable, and comprehensible & interpretable. The AI RMF is a tool for fostering public confidence in fast-developing technology, according to NIST Director Laurie Locasio.

NIST emphasizes the threats A.I. can pose while acknowledging the benefits A.I. can offer to industry, infrastructure, and scientific research. The AI RMF aims to create a framework that can assist A.I. in protecting civil rights and liberties while addressing the detrimental effects A.I. can have on biases and inequalities.

NIST believes that encouraging a rights-affirming strategy will lessen the possibility and severity of harm. The AI RMF emphasizes approaching the context and application of A.I. more critically; the framework is not intended to be a one-size-fits-all method but rather to promote flexibility for creativity.

Laurie Locasio, the director of NIST, highlighted three RMF components at the launch: flexibility, measurement, and trustworthiness.

In order to produce international gold standards that comply with E.U. regulations, NIST is pushing a feedback loop and hopes to hear from organizations that use its framework regularly.

The AI RMF aims to assist organizations in “preventing, detecting, mitigating, and managing A.I. risks.” It is used in establishing the appropriate level of risk tolerance for an organization. It is intended to be non-prescriptive, industry- and use-case-neutral, and consider context’s importance.

Four Focal Points For Risk Management Framework

The framework provides four interconnected methods for mitigating risk: Govern, Map, Measure, and Manage.

  • Govern:

This is the cornerstone of the RMF’s mitigation strategy and is meant to serve as the basis of any organization employing the RMF’s risk prevention and management culture. Organizations need to have a culture of risk management, which includes having the right processes, structures, and policies. The c-suite should prioritize risk management.

  • Map:

This is the next step in the RMF strategy, building on the “Govern” foundation. This step aims to contextualize possible hazards associated with A.I. technology and broadly identify the useful purposes and applications of any specific A.I. system while also taking into account any inherent limitations. Organizations must comprehend the goals of their A.I. system and its advantages over the existing quo. Organizations can determine whether to construct an A.I. system by assessing its business value, purpose, task, usage, and capabilities.

  • Measure:

Employing enough measurements that accurately reflect accepted scientific and moral standards is essential to the “Measure” component. The use of “rigorous” software testing for strong measuring is followed by additional analysis by other specialists and user feedback. Using this context, users of the framework should be able to measure how an A.I. system actually performs.

The fact that developing measures is frequently an institutional undertaking and may unintentionally represent characteristics unrelated to the underlying impact is one of the potential problems when attempting to evaluate adverse risk or damages, the report warns. Measuring A.I. risks involves keeping track of measurements for reliable traits, social impact, and human-AI setups.

  • Manage:

The last phase in the AI RMF mitigation method has the dual goals of allocating risk mitigation resources and ensuring that previously designed procedures are consistently implemented. “Framework users will improve their capacity to completely evaluate system trustworthiness, detect and track current and emergent threats, and validate the efficacy of the metrics,” the research claims.

Business owners taking part in the AI RMF expressed hope for the framework’s direction. Customers looking for A.I. solutions demand more comprehensive strategies to reduce prejudice, according to Navrina Singh, CEO of A.I. company Credo.AI and member of the U.S. Department of Commerce National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee.


This year, NIST will also be in charge of re-evaluating and assessing any A.I. being deployed or used by federal agencies in accordance with Executive Order (E.O.) 13960, Promoting the Use of Trustworthy A.I. in the Federal Government 2020. This is done to ensure that the policies of EO 13960 are followed, as its guiding concepts are said to be in line with American ideals and the law.

NIST advises implementing the AI RFM at the start of the A.I. lifecycle and involving various internal and external stakeholders who are engaged in (or impacted by) the process of designing, developing, and deploying A.I. systems in continuing risk management activities. Effective risk management is anticipated to help people to comprehend the potential downside risks and unintended effects of these systems, particularly how they may affect individuals, groups, and communities.

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