VentureBeat | September 27, 2023
Microsoft announced a series of new enterprise security features today that use artificial intelligence (AI) to help defend Windows 11 against increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. The tech giant claims its new AI capabilities will reduce security incidents by 60% and firmware attacks by 300% for businesses using the latest version of its software.
Microsoft’s vice president of enterprise and OS security, David Weston, explains in a company blog post that was published today specifically how AI is being used to fortify Windows 11 against sophisticated attacks, ranging from malware to firmware threats, and even nation-state attacks.
At the heart of this AI-focused security upgrade is the integration of Microsoft’s Pluton Security Processor and Secured-core PCs. Both systems leverage AI algorithms to isolate sensitive data and provide defense against potential threats. IT professionals should note that these Secured-core PCs are reported to be 60% more resilient to malware than non-Secured-core PCs, a significant improvement in system defenses.
Microsoft’s AI strategy also appears to be forward-thinking, with the company starting to adopt memory safe languages like Rust for traditional attack targets. Rust’s memory safety features without garbage collection make it an ideal language for building reliable and efficient systems, further multiplying the cybersecurity benefits.
The end of passwords? Microsoft’s groundbreaking move
Perhaps most notable among today’s announcements is Microsoft’s push towards a passwordless future, a move that could fundamentally alter the landscape of cybersecurity.
Microsoft’s AI will now be used to develop and implement passkeys — unique, unguessable cryptographic credentials securely stored on a user’s device, which have the potential to replace traditional multi-factor authentication. This is a substantial leap forward in phishing protection, making it considerably more difficult for hackers to exploit stolen passwords.
Microsoft says that its AI system analyzes more than 65 trillion security signals per day— with more than 4,000 password attacks every second — to identify suspicious login attempts and request additional identity verification when needed in the new system.
The company also revealed a new capability called Config Refresh that relies on AI to detect and revert unwanted changes to device policies in near real-time. This allows IT teams to lock down device settings while leveraging intelligence to accommodate legitimate policy updates.
Microsoft pioneers a new cybersecurity path with AI
The company’s commitment to AI solutions aligns with its longstanding strategy of positioning itself as a leader in enterprise computing. By weaving AI into the fabric of Windows 11, Microsoft is demonstrating its commitment to providing businesses with secure, reliable, and forward-thinking solutions.
Business analysts see this as a clear indicator of Microsoft’s strategy to leverage its AI prowess to drive growth and cement its position in the enterprise data and AI market. Given the increasing importance of cybersecurity in the modern business landscape, Microsoft’s investment in AI could pay significant dividends.
However, the real test of these new AI-powered features will be their effectiveness against real-world threats. As cyber threats continue to evolve, so too must our defenses. If Microsoft’s AI enhancements can live up to their promise, they will represent a significant advance in cybersecurity and a potent tool in the fight against cybercrime.
As AI continues to transform enterprise data and security, it’s clear that companies like Microsoft are leading the charge. By harnessing the power of AI, Microsoft is not just shaping its future but also the future of cybersecurity as a whole. Only time will tell how these developments play out, but one thing is certain: the era of AI-driven cybersecurity is here, and Microsoft is at its helm.
Verizon | October 13, 2023
Verizon Business has announces hosting a special cybersecurity event on October 18, 2023, marking two decades of cybersecurity consulting services at its New Jersey Executive Business Center.
Participants will gain valuable insights into how Verizon is empowering companies to harness the potential of 5G network solutions.
Alongside the cybersecurity panel discussion, attendees can expect live demonstrations highlighting Verizon's proficiency in developing exceptionally secure solutions.
Verizon Business will host a special media event on October 18, 2023, marking two decades of cybersecurity consulting services and honoring Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The event will feature a panel discussion led by industry experts, including Chris Novak, Managing Director of Verizon Cyber Security Consulting; Sean Atkinson, Chief Information Security Officer at the Center for Internet Security; and Krista Valenzuela, Cyber Threat Outreach and Partnerships at The New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC).
The panel promises an engaging dialogue encompassing critical themes such as data privacy, AI's influence on cybersecurity, the emergence of voice security, evolving security controls, and other pertinent subjects. Furthermore, the discussion will shed light on the strategies employed by local New Jersey organizations to counteract emerging cyber threats. Attendees will also gain insights into Verizon's role in empowering businesses through innovative 5G network solutions, enhancing security measures, and elevating their overall operations.
Managing Director of Verizon Cyber Security Consulting, Chris Novak, said,
Raising greater awareness about cybersecurity is the first step in assisting organizations defend against these cyber threats.
[Source – Globe Newswire]
Novak mentioned that Verizon is utilizing its network's extensive visibility to collect, report, and disseminate actionable insights. These insights can be used by customers and other businesses to tackle advanced cyber threats related to vulnerability exploitation and social engineering.
Furthermore, demonstrations highlighting Verizon's proficiency in developing highly secure solutions will be presented in addition to the cybersecurity panel. They include:
Coach-to-Coach Communications: Introducing a dependable and secure wireless network solution tailored for NFL coaches, enabling confidential communication on the field.
Cashierless Checkout: Utilizing advanced machine learning and computer vision technologies, this innovative solution facilitates autonomous stores at any location. Integrated with 5G UWB and 5G Edge, it redefines the retail experience.
Private Wireless Networks: Explore the benefits of premise-based equipment, highlighting the significance of private dedicated networks in enhancing business connectivity and security.
Cyber Threat Outreach and Partnerships, NJCCIC, Krista Valenzuela, mentioned,
One of the ways we’re harnessing the power of AI in New Jersey is in identifying suspicious and malicious websites to help the State and its critical infrastructure in better defending against these cyber threats.
[Source – Globe Newswire]
PR Newswire | October 23, 2023
BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced its new Generative AI powered assistant for Security Operations Center (SOC) teams. The enterprise-grade solution acts as a SOC Analyst providing Generative AI based cyberthreat analysis and support to enhance CISO operations. It leverages private large language models (LLMs) for greater accuracy and data privacy.
The solution, which will be available to BlackBerry's Cylance AI customers, predicts customer needs to proactively provide information rather than requiring users to manually ask questions and compresses research hours into seconds. Fully integrated in the Cylance Console, it produces a natural workflow instead of an inefficient chatbot experience. Cylance launched as the industry's first AI cybersecurity solution and the industry's first predictive cybersecurity solution. Predictive cybersecurity is a must for emerging cyber risks and seen as the future of cybersecurity.
BlackBerry pioneered the AI cybersecurity market and our commitment to innovation means we are once again at the forefront of the industry as we unveil our Generative AI powered cybersecurity assistant, said Nathan Jenniges, SVP & GM Spark, Cybersecurity Business Unit, BlackBerry. This new solution will enable our customers to modernize their SOC operations helping them to stay a step ahead of the adversary. It will be invaluable to CISOs in overcoming the challenges they face, including an evolving threat landscape and resource constraints.
BlackBerry has delivered transformative innovation for almost forty years and continues to set a standard in the technology industry. In the field of AI this is evidenced by the company today having more than five times the AI/ML patents than competitors and AI being integrated across the company's product portfolio. Furthermore, BlackBerry earlier this month was one of the first signatories of Canada's voluntary Code of Conduct on the responsible development and management of advanced Generative AI systems.
"Generative AI has the potential to deliver tremendous economic value, making it an area of focus for BlackBerry. Our patent portfolio already includes Generative AI," said Charles Eagan, Chief Technology Officer, BlackBerry. "Throughout our innovations we take our commitment to delivering enterprise-grade solutions seriously – innovations that deliver value rather than react to hype – as demonstrated by today's announcement and our being one of the first signatories of Canada's voluntary Generative AI Code of Conduct."
BlackBerry's Generative AI powered cybersecurity assistant will initially be made available to a select group of customers.
For more information register for BlackBerry Summit, taking place on October 17, where leaders from government, enterprise and BlackBerry will reveal the future of IoT, IT and Cybersecurity and showcase the latest BlackBerry innovations.