Microsoft's New Security Copilot Enables Quick Response to Threats

Microsoft’s New Security Copilot Enables Quick Response to Threats

On Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled the new Security Copilot AI at its first Microsoft Secure event, taking humanity one step closer to the Ghost in the Shell future. The automated enterprise-grade security solution is driven by OpenAI’s GPT-4, operates on Azure, and offers administrators the ability to “move at the speed and scale of AI.”

Security Copilot is comparable to the large language model (LLM) that powers Bing Copilot, but with training focused on network security rather than broad conversational knowledge and online search performance. “This security-specific model, in turn, incorporates a growing set of security-specific skills and is informed by Microsoft’s unique global threat intelligence and more than 65 trillion daily signals,” wrote Vasu Jakkal, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Security, Compliance, Identity, and Management, in a blog post on Tuesday.

“Just since the pandemic, we’ve seen an incredible proliferation [in corporate hacking incidents], “Jakkal told Bloomberg. For example, “it takes an attacker one hour and 12 minutes on average to get full access to your email when a user clicks on a phishing link.” It used to be months or weeks for someone to get access.”

Security Copilot should be a force multiplier for overworked and under-supported network administrators, a field with more than 3 million unfilled roles, according to Microsoft. “Our cyber-trained model includes a learning mechanism for developing and fine-tuning new talents,” Jakkal added. “Security Copilot then can help catch what other approaches might miss and augment an analyst’s work. In a typical incident, this boost translates into gains in the quality of detection, speed of response and ability to strengthen security posture.”