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Microsoft’s ‘copilot for security’ brings generative AI to the frontlines of cybersecurity

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Microsoft announced  that Copilot for Security, a generative AI-powered platform designed to assist security professionals in combating the ever-evolving cyber threat landscape, will be generally available worldwide starting April 1st. The launch comes as organizations grapple with an unprecedented surge in cyberattacks and a critical shortage of skilled security personnel.

Vasu Jakkal, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for security, emphasized the significance of this release in a recent interview with VentureBeat. “GenAI is a superpower that security needs right now,” she said. “If you step back and look at the threat landscape and what we’re up against, in just the last year, the speed, the scale, and the sophistication of attacks has increased pretty dramatically.”

“I believe the next 18 months of AI innovation are going to determine the next 18 years of cybersecurity,” she added. “If we can work together, then maybe we have a chance to do something better.”

Skilled workforce and capacity building: Developing the necessary expertise in generative AI and its application to cybersecurity is crucial in developing countries like Ethiopia. Investment in training programs, workshops, and collaboration with universities and research institutions can help build a skilled workforce capable of effectively utilizing generative AI techniques.

Collaboration with international organizations, cybersecurity experts, and the research community can provide valuable guidance, knowledge sharing, and support in implementing generative AI for cybersecurity in Ethiopia.

As Microsoft and other technology giants continue to invest in generative AI for cybersecurity, the industry stands at a critical inflection point. The next 18 months will be crucial in determining whether these tools can truly reshape the cybersecurity landscape and provide a more secure future for organizations and individuals alike.

Source: VentureBeat