Home / News

Microsoft Launches AI-driven’ Security Copilot’ to Help Companies Fight Hacking Attempts

A screenshot from Microsoft’s demo of the ‘Security Copilot’ reporting tool, which the company introduced on Tuesday, March 28, 2023. Image: Microsoft

Microsoft continues to integrate new artificial intelligence technology into its products and today announced a cybersecurity “copilot” to help companies track and defend against hacking attempts. This tool is part of Microsoft’s attempt to dominate the fast-growing field of “generative” AI, which uses algorithms trained on internet text and can summarize and write text and computer code and have relatively complex conversations with humans. Microsoft Security Copilot aggregates data of hacking threats from a company’s computers and external databases, allowing workers to ask simple questions about what kind of attempted hacks are hitting their network.

Microsoft hopes that the tool will make the lives of cybersecurity professionals easier and allow people with less specialized skills to work as security experts. However, hackers have already begun using generative AI chatbots to write code that can be used in attacks, and this tool could be used for malicious purposes too. Microsoft is competing with Google and other tech companies to lead the way in generative AI and has integrated ChatGPT-based tech into its Bing search engine, productivity tools such as Word and Excel and cloud software that it sells to other businesses.

The bottom line: Cybersecurity is a nightmare for many companies, and they are desperate for more skilled cybersecurity professionals to help them monitor and defend against hack attacks. Microsoft is pitching Copilot as a way to help employees better narrow down and deal with risks more efficiently. The program runs on both OpenAI’s ChatGPT tech and Microsoft’s own security-focused AI algorithms. It’s claimed that the tool will make cybersecurity jobs easier and accessible to more people, allowing users to input computer code into Copilot and receive a visual flowchart about how the code works, readable by someone who has no programming experience.

By CircleID Reporter

CircleID’s internal staff reporting on news tips and developing stories. Do you have information the professional Internet community should be aware of? Contact us.

Visit Page

Filed Under

Comments

Comment Title:

  Notify me of follow-up comments

We encourage you to post comments and engage in discussions that advance this post through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can report it using the link at the end of each comment. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of CircleID. For more information on our comment policy, see Codes of Conduct.

CircleID Newsletter The Weekly Wrap

More and more professionals are choosing to publish critical posts on CircleID from all corners of the Internet industry. If you find it hard to keep up daily, consider subscribing to our weekly digest. We will provide you a convenient summary report once a week sent directly to your inbox. It's a quick and easy read.

I make a point of reading CircleID. There is no getting around the utility of knowing what thoughtful people are thinking and saying about our industry.

VINTON CERF
Co-designer of the TCP/IP Protocols & the Architecture of the Internet

Related

Topics

DNS

Sponsored byDNIB.com

Brand Protection

Sponsored byCSC

Domain Names

Sponsored byVerisign

IPv4 Markets

Sponsored byIPv4.Global

New TLDs

Sponsored byRadix

Threat Intelligence

Sponsored byWhoisXML API

Cybersecurity

Sponsored byVerisign