Microsoft Security Copilot opens for early access

Emre Çitak
Oct 23, 2023
Updated • Oct 23, 2023

The era of artificial intelligence brings forth unparalleled opportunities but also presents an escalating wave of cyber threats. This surge in threats is compounded by a global scarcity of cybersecurity experts, making the task of safeguarding organizations increasingly complex. Consequently, the security sector is facing the crucial need for a substantial shift in its approach.

In response to this pivotal challenge, Microsoft has directed its efforts towards research and development, seeking to empower security teams with the innovative use of generative AI.

The convergence of generative AI with comprehensive security solutions has the potential to act as a significant force multiplier for security teams and extend security measures to a broader spectrum.

See how Microsoft describes Microsoft Security Copilot in the video below.

What is Microsoft Security Copilot?

In March 2023, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Security Copilot, which stands as a pioneering generative AI security product. This innovative tool is engineered to operate at a remarkable speed and scale, functioning as an AI assistant designed to assist security teams.

Leveraging advanced language models and Microsoft's extensive security knowledge and global threat intelligence, Microsoft Security Copilot has already displayed its potential by aiding early users in saving valuable time on core security tasks. It achieves this through its prowess in interpreting natural language queries, summarizing security incidents, and providing upskilling for security teams across proficiency levels.

Early access is now open

The recent announcement of the Early Access Program for Security Copilot comes with pivotal enhancements:

Integration with Microsoft 365 Defender

Microsoft Security Copilot is now seamlessly integrated into Microsoft 365 Defender, an extended detection and response (XDR) platform. This provides security analysts with actionable recommendations within a unified interface.

Threat Intelligence

An important addition is the inclusion of Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence at no additional cost. This integration extends access to Microsoft's comprehensive threat intelligence resources, providing deeper insights to security teams.

Collaboration with MSSP

Organizations working with Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) can now extend access to their Security Copilot environment. This "Bring Your Own—MSSP" approach allows MSSPs to join the effort, ensuring comprehensive security.

Microsoft Security Copilot
Microsoft Security Copilot utilizes generative AI to detect cyber threats - Image courtesy of Microsoft

Generative AI and XDR

The fusion of generative AI and extended detection and response (XDR) is a fundamental shift in security. This streamlines security operations and empowers analysts to focus on critical aspects of cybersecurity by providing instant incident summaries, guided responses to threats, natural language queries, real-time malware analysis, and immediate access to threat intelligence.

The new embedded experience within Microsoft 365 Defender opens a realm of possibilities, enabling enhanced efficiency and protection. This includes incident summaries, guided responses to threats, simplified threat hunting, real-time malware analysis, and convenient access to threat intelligence.

Amplifying threat intelligence

Effective security operations rely on robust threat intelligence. The integration with Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence, available at no additional cost, equips security teams with a wealth of insights into the cyber threat landscape, from threat actors and tools to vulnerabilities and infrastructure.

In a world where knowledge is power, this integration enables organizations to identify and eliminate modern cyber threats, accelerating threat detection and remediation.

Featured image credit: Microsoft.


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