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The new AI for security

Google Cloud will explain how you have been breached.

The new set of tools could prove vital for security professionals to react to incidents in real time. Google Cloud has unveiled a suite of new generative AI tools that will provide security professionals with detailed insights into how their organization could be breached.

Announced at the RSA conference, the Google Cloud Security AI Workbench is described as an “industry-first extensible platform” powered by a large, specialized security language model (LLM) known as “Sec-PaLM.”


“This new security model has been tuned for security use cases, incorporating our unsurpassed security intelligence, such as Google’s visibility into the threat landscape and Mandiant’s top-of-the-line intelligence on vulnerabilities, malware, threat indicators and behavioral threat actor profiles,” said Sunil Potti, vice president of Google Cloud Security.

AI Security Command Center

A key feature of this announcement is the launch of Security Command Center AI, a premium version of Google Cloud’s existing Security Command Center service that integrates with the new AI Workbench.

According to Google, this can provide security operators with “near-instant analysis of findings and potential attack paths.”

This enhancement to Security Command Center Premium could help organizations:

The inclusion of AI-generated explanations for attack routes and methods could prove vital to security professionals, Potti said.

It said they can provide easily digestible information in real time to reduce the workload for operators and greatly improve their ability to react to ongoing security incidents.

“Security Command Center will translate complex attack graphs into human-readable explanations of attack exposure, including affected assets and recommended mitigations,” he said.

Potti added that this will also provide AI-driven risk summaries for security, compliance and privacy findings for Google Cloud.

Cloud security for "non-specialists".

A key message Google Cloud delivered during its RSA keynote was that by integrating generative AI into cloud security operations, it believes it will greatly reduce complexity.

Google said that the integration of Security Command Center capabilities and the new AI Workbench will enable “non-security people to perform security tasks that were previously out of reach due to lack of expertise.”

This could represent a marked shift in the way organizations handle cloud security, opening up responsibility to a wider range of professionals and relieving stress on front-line security operators, the company said.

“Security Command Center Premium can discover, identify and recommend remediation for hundreds of cloud misconfigurations, software vulnerabilities, and external threats,” Google Cloud said in a statement.

“Integration with Security AI Workbench will provide straightforward explanations of findings so security and non-security specialists can help keep their organization secure.”

The AI-generated summaries that will come through Command Center Premium will, once again, aim to provide easily digestible answers to key security questions, advice on remediation of ongoing incidents and assess security risks within cloud environments.


Generative AI in cybersecurity

Google Cloud’s rollout of generative AI security tools follows Microsoft’s Security Copilot launch last month, and once again pits industry heavyweights Microsoft and Google against each other in the ongoing generative AI competition.

Microsoft Security Copilot uses GPT-4 generative AI to provide users with prompt-based security detection and remediation capabilities, and was met with great anticipation upon its release.


However, while Google appeared to have been “outmaneuvered” by Microsoft with the launch of Copilot, the integration of generative AI security tools into Google Cloud – a key service for the tech giant – could mark a significant turning point for the company in an increasingly competitive cloud landscape.

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