Microsoft lets generative AI loose on cybersecurity

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Microsoft has recently announced a new addition to their already expansive line of chatbot technology- a chatbot specifically geared towards cybersecurity. This new chatbot, which they have christened “Security Copilot”, is designed to be a digital assistant of sorts for cybersecurity experts, providing them with information and help with troubleshooting potential issues.

Interestingly, this chatbot makes use of Microsoft’s Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (GPT-3) language model, which is the same one that powers their much-publicized Azure Bot Service. This particular language model is noteworthy for its ability to generate extremely human-like responses to questions, which should make Security Copilot seem very lifelike to those who use it.

Of course, Microsoft is not the only company to have announced a chatbot geared towards cybersecurity recently. IBM also announced their own chatbot, called “X-Force Chatbot”, back in December of last year. However, Microsoft’s chatbot does seem to have a few advantages over IBM’s offering.

For one, Security Copilot is available now, while IBM’s chatbot is still in beta. Additionally, Microsoft’s chatbot is designed to be used by cybersecurity experts, while IBM’s is geared more towards general users.

That said, it remains to be seen how well these chatbots will actually perform in the real world. Chatbots are still a relatively new technology, and it remains to be seen how well they will be able to handle the complexities of the cybersecurity field. However, if they are even half as successful as Microsoft’s other chatbots, they should be a valuable addition to the arsenal of any cybersecurity expert.

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