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Microsoft has announced its latest integration of OpenAI’s GPT-4 into its services and software with the launch of the Security Copilot app. The tech giant believes that leveraging GPT-4’s AI will usher in a “new era of security” by helping information security (infosec) professionals save time, simplify the complex, catch what others miss, and address the talent gap.
Microsoft launched Bing search and Edge browser with GPT integration recently and announced that its Office apps would also be getting the AI suite. The company also launched the preview of “reimagined” Teams 2, which will be the foundation for a new generative AI-enhanced experience.
The odds remain stacked against cybersecurity professionals who fight an asymmetric battle against prolific, relentless, and sophisticated attackers. To protect their organizations, defenders must respond to threats that are often hidden among the noise. A global shortage of skilled security professionals has led to an estimated 3.4 million job openings in the field, compounding the challenge.
In a blog post and YouTube video, Microsoft revealed how it plans to improve security professional workflows with Security Copilot, which offers “end-to-end defense at machine speed and scale”. The new software will enable security researchers to do in minutes what used to take days, and it will simplify the complex, catch what others miss, and address the talent gap.
Security Copilot combines an advanced large language model (LLM) with a security-specific model from Microsoft that incorporates a growing set of security-specific skills and is informed by Microsoft’s global threat intelligence and more than 65 trillion daily signals. It delivers an enterprise-grade security and privacy-compliant experience as it runs on Azure’s hyperscale infrastructure.
The app can reverse engineer exploits, respond to security incidents in minutes, offer critical step-by-step guidance and context, quickly summarize any process or event, surface potential threats in real-time, anticipate threat actors’ possible next moves, answer security-related questions, and expose security researchers to new skills.
Microsoft assures that Security Copilot with GPT-4 “doesn’t always get everything right” and can contain mistakes, but it’s a closed-loop learning system that continually learns from users and gives them the opportunity to give explicit feedback.
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Microsoft will deliver the new AI security experience “in a responsible way” with three guiding principles: users’ data is their own to own and control and choose how to leverage and monetize, their data isn’t used to train or enrich foundation AI models used by others, and their data and AI models are protected by the most comprehensive enterprise compliance and security controls in the industry.
Microsoft shares that Security Copilot isn’t yet ready and says, “We’re excited to be on this journey with you, and we look forward to sharing more soon. Welcome to the new era of security”. In the meantime, users can learn more about the upcoming software on the new landing page.