Security and Ethical Issues to be aware of while using AI


for Project Managers



By Gopinath Venu

California and Texas, USA


Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Language (ML) has been a trending topic in every industry, practices and discipline. It’s been used in every field from chatbots to fraud detection, automate the processes, etc. Basically, the prediction techniques these AI tools provide are helpful when there is large volumes of data involved.

In Recent months, Project Managers have been seriously thinking on how to leverage AI for their project management. AI can be a powerful tool for project managers, no doubt about it because we can use AI to automate tasks, make better decisions, and improve communication, and be more efficient, effective, and strategic in our work.

While every organization adapts AI to accelerate the delivery of projects by leveraging these techniques and powerful capabilities, it has a significant risk on what kind of services that we choose to use. It can also bring in Ethics, Security and Privacy Issues if we don’t choose the right AI tools.

Simple Analogy

Consider a free email service like google. Will you be comfortable using Gmail if it’s not a well secured service. If you are willing to experiment with another email service, we would look for the following features:

  • Secure.
  • Spam Blocking Capabilities.
  • Offer MFA.
  • Data stored safely in the cloud.
  • Confidential Mode.
  • Password protected emails.

These are the minimum set of criteria to look for in an email service. Of course, it’s a free service but it deals with your own personal data isn’t.

Now the question arises, what should Project Managers do to leverage AI in their projects without compromising on the project data? There is no one stop solution for this. AI is still an evolving technology, and it takes some time to do our due diligence to see which AI tool is safe to use for sensitive data.


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How to cite this article: Venu, G. (2023). Security and Ethical Issues to be aware of while using AI for Project Managers, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue XI, November. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/pmwj135-Nov2023-Venu-security-and-ethical-issues-while-using-AI.pdf

About the Author

Gopinath Venu

Texas, USA


Gopinath Venu has about 19 Years of experience in the IT Industry. He is certified in PMP, PMI-ACP from Project Management Institute (PMI), SAFe Advanced Scrum Master Certification from Scaled Agile Institute. He also holds a certification in AWS as a Certified Practitioner and Azure Certified from Microsoft. He has done multiple roles such as Project Manager, QA Manager, Scrum Master in his career. He is an active member of International Toastmasters. He has presented papers in PM conferences organized by local chapters of PMI. He presented a paper on Agile in the 15th Annual PMI Symposium organized by PMI Dallas and The University of Texas at Dallas. He also contributes to articles and discussions on www.projectmanagement.com.