Microsoft wants to arm itself with AI to battle new-age cyber attacks

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Microsoft intends to utilize the powers of artificial intelligence (AI) against the new generation of cyber attacks that we are facing lately.

To ward off new-age ransomware cyber attacks like “Petya”, Microsoft has announced it would infuse artificial intelligence (AI) into its antivirus stack. In the upcoming Windows Fall Creators Update, the company will power Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) with its cloud-based security intelligence.

Microsoft says that this will move us away from the traditional means of protection that were isolated and brings us to a sort of defence grid that is smart, interconnected and coordinated.

The new cyber attack Petya began massively affecting dozens of companies and institutions in the world, beginning with Russia and Ukraine on Tuesday, and spreading to Asia, Australia and the US.

“We will also provide a single pane of glass experience for security professionals. This means that security management teams can easily configure a broad set of Windows security stack technologies through an integrated configuration management experience,” Microsoft said.

This will not only give companies a full picture of what`s happening on their endpoints, but will also put them in the driver`s seat to quickly react to threats as they happen.

“Leveraging our cloud-based security intelligence gives the optics, context, and tools that companies need to quickly investigate and remediate incidents,” Microsoft added.

The update will have “Windows Defender Exploit Guard” which gives companies more control on restricting how code runs on computer networks.

For example, users will be able to update and run machine scan using Windows Defender Antivirus, conduct application restriction per machine, and block execution of unknown files using “Device Guard” technology.

Customers can monitor overall endpoint security health, quickly identify weak spots in their network, and take the necessary resolution actions.

“Windows Defender ATP will help identify vulnerable areas in endpoints by providing protection score across a wide set of Windows security technologies,” Sagiv posted.

For those running Windows 10, the update will develop a signature for a new cyber threat so that other users can be protected as well as the first victim.

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