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Microsoft Enhances Purview to Combat AI-Driven Cyber Threats

Microsoft updates Purview platform to fight AI-powered cyberattacks. The update focuses on detecting risky AI use by both insiders and malicious actors

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has announced a planned update to its Microsoft Purview platform, aimed at addressing the growing concern over AI-driven cybersecurity threats. The update, scheduled for preview in July 2024 and general availability in September 2024, signifies Microsoft's acknowledgment of AI as a potential security risk that requires stringent controls.

Understanding Risky AI Usage

The term “risky AI usage” encompasses both intentional and unintentional activities that could jeopardize an organization's security. This includes the generation of data from sensitive files or sites, and the use of AI to create prompts or responses containing sensitive information. The forthcoming update to aims to extend its coverage to not only Microsoft Copilots but also third-party applications, enhancing the platform's ability to automatically detect AI-related such as intellectual property theft, data leakage, and security violations.

Enhanced Features and User Privacy

Microsoft Purview's update is designed to bolster insider risk management by enabling administrators to identify risky AI usage within their organizations. The platform will incorporate new detection capabilities for both intentional and unintentional insider risk activities related to generative AI apps.

This development comes in the wake of a report released by Microsoft, in partnership with , which highlighted the use of AI by malicious actors from countries such as Russia, Iran, China, and North Korea to launch cyber attacks. The partners  successfully neutralized threats posed by five  groups believed to be sponsored by nation-states. These entities had been exploiting ‘s large language models (LLMs) to bolster their cyber activities, marking a significant stride in the use of generative AI for cyber attacks. 

In addition, Microsoft emphasizes the privacy-by-design approach of Purview, ensuring that users are pseudonymized by default and that role-based access controls and audit logs are implemented to maintain user privacy. The update also aims to streamline various processes, such as onboarding new devices and accessing , governance, and solutions through a unified portal.

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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