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Microsoft Announces AI-Enhanced Cybersecurity Solution for Businesses

ByHuey Yee Ong

Mar 19, 2024
Microsoft Announces AI-Enhanced Cybersecurity Solution for Businesses

Microsoft has announced the introduction of Copilot for Security, an AI-powered tool designed to enhance the company’s cybersecurity services. Starting April 1, this generative AI assistant will be integrated into Microsoft’s cybersecurity portfolio, promising a significant upgrade in how businesses handle cyber threats. Copilot for Security aims to empower organizations of all sizes with the ability to quickly analyze, summarize, and react to cybersecurity incidents, enhancing efficiency, especially for those with limited experience in the field.

How Does Copilot for Security Transform Incident Understanding?

Vasu Jakkal, Microsoft’s vice president of security, highlighted the transformative potential of Copilot for Security, stating it would democratize the understanding of cybersecurity incidents across various skill levels within an organization.

Traditionally, IT and cybersecurity professionals have faced the daunting task of condensing complex information about cyber attacks into reports for their superiors and colleagues. This process can be both time-intensive and challenging.

However, Copilot for Security is designed to streamline this task by analyzing the complete scope of an incident and instantly generating tailored summaries understandable to readers with any level of IT expertise.

Microsoft’s internal research underscores the efficiency and effectiveness of Copilot for Security. In one study, 147 experienced security professionals were tasked with summarizing a cybersecurity incident. Those using Copilot for their summaries included an average of 6.95 out of 15 key facts, compared to just 4.67 by those who did not use the tool. Additionally, Copilot’s users were found to produce summaries of higher quality, as determined by the AI model used to grade the essays.

Beyond summarization, Copilot for Security is equipped with a suite of advanced features such as:

  • Malware Script Analysis and Reverse-Engineering: Copilot can delve into the code of malware, breaking it down to understand its construction and purpose.
  • Suggestions for Incident Response Steps: Provides actionable advice for responding to cybersecurity incidents.
  • Seamless Integration with Other Applications: Ensures Copilot can work in conjunction with existing tools and systems for a more comprehensive cybersecurity strategy.

This means that in practical scenarios, such as an employee falling victim to a phishing scam, security professionals could receive automated assistance from Copilot, including prompts for actions like resetting passwords.

The tool has also demonstrated its value in supporting employees with basic IT knowledge but limited security expertise. In another study conducted by Microsoft involving 149 cybersecurity novices, those using Copilot to draft their incident summaries managed to include an average of 10.6 key facts—a striking 80 percent improvement over the 5.9 average recorded by participants who didn’t use Copilot.

Moreover, Copilot for Security provides significant benefits for smaller businesses, such as:

  • Cost-effective cybersecurity: Enables companies to improve their cybersecurity without significant investments in specialized personnel.
  • Salary comparison highlights affordability:
    • Average salary for an information analyst: $122,000
    • Average salary for a computer support specialist (entry-level IT technician): $59,660

Copilot’s ability to assist employees with limited security expertise means small businesses can achieve a higher level of cybersecurity preparedness without the need to hire additional, highly paid experts.

Jakkal’s statement encapsulates the broader vision for Copilot for Security, emphasizing its role in providing comprehensive protection for businesses. By integrating Copilot into their security strategies, companies can cover all bases, from security and compliance to identity and device management, ensuring a robust defense against cyber threats.

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Huey Yee Ong

Hello, from one tech geek to another. Not your beloved TechCrunch writer, but a writer with an avid interest in the fast-paced tech scenes and all the latest tech mojo. I bring with me a unique take towards tech with a honed applied psychology perspective to make tech news digestible. In other words, I deliver tech news that is easy to read.

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