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Microsoft Copilot for Security Set for General Availability Next April

Microsoft's new AI security tool, Copilot, launches April 1st. It uses advanced AI to help security teams fight cyberattacks and improve productivity.


has announced that its new artificial intelligence (AI) security service, Microsoft Copilot for Security, will be generally available on April 1, 2024. The subscription-based service aims to bolster through advanced AI capabilities. During a media briefing, Microsoft disclosed details of Copilot for Security, amidst growing concerns over rapid increases in sophisticated cyberattacks and a global shortage of security professionals.

Embarking on AI Integration

The cornerstone of for Security is its integration of generative . Leveraging the capabilities of GPT-4 along with a bespoke security-focused model from Microsoft, the service promises a revolutionary approach to cybersecurity. It functions through receiving input in the form of prompts from either individuals or automated scripts. These prompts are processed by an advanced architecture consisting of an orchestrator layer, a context layer, and potential application plugins, which then generate an AI-driven response. This could range from summarizing documents to identifying and suggesting countermeasures for suspicious activities.

Additionally, the service is uniquely structured to function both as a standalone portal and as an embedded service within several Microsoft products such as Sentinel, Defender XDR, Purview, Priva, and Entra, thereby offering flexibility in deployment and integration with existing security infrastructure.Microsoft-Copilot-Security-Data

A New Billing Model and Its Implications

To accommodate the innovative nature of this service, Microsoft has introduced a novel pricing strategy known as a Security Compute Unit, slated for a monthly billing cycle at a rate of $4 per hour. This “pay-as-you-go” model reflects the company's shift towards software as a revenue-generating service and underscores the importance of scalable security solutions in today's rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape.

Research conducted by Microsoft has highlighted significant productivity enhancements for users of Copilot for Security, indicating a 22 percent average increase in task completion speed when utilizing the AI service. Despite these gains, there are areas, notably response tasks, where the introduction of AI has initially led to slower performance. Microsoft has committed to ongoing product improvements to optimize efficiency across all tasks.

Bringing the Future of Cybersecurity to Today's Landscape

Microsoft's announcement comes at a crucial time. The severity and frequency of cyberattacks continue to escalate, challenging traditional security measures. As outlined by Vasu Jakkal, corporate vice president of security, compliance, identity, and management at Microsoft, the landscape of digital threats is evolving at an unparalleled pace. The introduction of Copilot for Security aligns with the growing imperative for advanced, AI-driven defense mechanisms that can operate at the speed of these threats.

With support for multiple languages and integration capabilities, Copilot for Security heralds a new era in cybersecurity. Its arrival is poised not only to augment the productivity of security professionals but also to offer a forward-looking solution in the relentless battle against cyber threats. As the service prepares for its official launch, the cybersecurity community watches keenly, anticipating the impact of AI-driven security services on the global security posture.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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