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Supercharging security with generative AI

April 24, 2023
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Sunil Potti

VP/GM, Google Cloud Security

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At Google Cloud, we continue to invest in key technologies to progress towards our true north star on invisible security: making strong security pervasive and simple for everyone. Our investments are based on insights from our world-class threat intelligence teams and experience helping customers respond to the most sophisticated cyberattacks. Customers can tap into these capabilities to gain perspective and visibility on the most dangerous threat actors that no one else has. 

Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI), particularly large language models (LLMs), accelerate our ability to help the people who are responsible for keeping their organizations safe. These new models not only give people a more natural and creative way to understand and manage security, they give people access to AI-powered expertise to go beyond what they could do alone. 

At the RSA Conference 2023, we are excited to announce Google Cloud Security AI Workbench, an industry-first extensible platform powered by a specialized, security LLM, Sec-PaLM. This new security model is fine-tuned for security use cases, incorporating our unsurpassed security intelligence such as Google’s visibility into the threat landscape and Mandiant’s frontline intelligence on vulnerabilities, malware, threat indicators, and behavioral threat actor profiles. 

Google Cloud Security AI Workbench powers new offerings that can now uniquely address three top security challenges: threat overload, toilsome tools, and the talent gap. It will also feature partner plug-in integrations to bring threat intelligence, workflow, and other critical security functionality to customers, with Accenture being the first partner to utilize Security AI Workbench. 

The platform will also let customers make their private data available to the platform at inference time; ensuring we honor all our data privacy commitments to customers. Because Security AI Workbench is built on Google Cloud’s Vertex AI infrastructure, customers control their data with enterprise-grade capabilities such as data isolation, data protection, sovereignty, and compliance support. 

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Preventing threats from spreading beyond the first infection

We already provide best-in-class capabilities to help organizations immediately respond to threats. But what if we could not just identify and contain initial infections, but also help prevent them from happening anywhere else? With our AI advances, we can now combine world class threat intelligence with point-in-time incident analysis and novel AI-based detections and analytics to help prevent new infections. These advances are critical to help counter a potential surge in adversarial attacks that use machine learning and generative AI systems. That’s why we’re excited to introduce:  

  • VirusTotal Code Insight uses Sec-PaLM to help analyze and explain the behavior of potentially malicious scripts, and will be able to better detect which scripts are actually threats. 

  • Mandiant Breach Analytics for Chronicle leverages Google Cloud and Mandiant Threat Intelligence to automatically alert you to active breaches in your environment. It will use Sec-PaLM to help contextualize and respond instantly to these critical findings.

These new updates build on the existing AI in Google’s industry-leading solutions. For example, Chronicle Security Operations already uses frontline intelligence, integrated reasoning, and machine learning to identify initial infections, prioritize impact, and contain threats. Another example is reCAPTCHA Enterprise, which uses image noising capabilities to help protect your site from adversaries that leverage novel AI advances, greatly enhancing our defenses against bots. 

Adding intelligence to reduce toil

At Google Cloud, we help organizations modernize security wherever they are, in part by simplifying their security tools and controls whenever possible. Advances in generative AI can help reduce the number of tools organizations need to secure their vast attack surface areas and ultimately, empower systems to secure themselves. This will minimize the toil it takes to manage multiple environments, to generate security design and capabilities, and to generate security controls. Today, we’re announcing: 

  • Assured OSS will use LLMs to help us add even more open-source software (OSS) packages to our OSS vulnerability management solution, which offers the same curated and vulnerability-tested packages that we use at Google.

  • Mandiant Threat Intelligence AI, built on top of Mandiant’s massive threat graph, will leverage Sec-PaLM to quickly find, summarize, and act on threats relevant to your organization. 

These announcements build on existing capabilities that help customers centralize visibility and control, detect targets, and improve security across their platform. For example, Security Command Center (SCC) uses always-on machine learning to detect malicious scripts executing in the customer container environment and immediately alert the customer. In addition, Cloud Data Loss Prevention leverages machine learning to find and classify data, and with Confidential Computing you can collaborate on, train, and deploy sensitive and regulated AI models in the cloud, all while preserving confidentiality. 

Evolving how practitioners do security to close the talent gap 

At Google, we believe that to truly democratize security, we need to first acknowledge that AI will soon usher in a new era for security expertise that will profoundly impact how practitioners “do” security. Most people who are responsible for security — developers, system administrators, SRE, even junior analysts — are not security specialists by training. 

Imagine a world where novices and security experts are paired with AI expertise to free themselves from repetition and burnout, and accomplish tasks that seem impossible to us today. To help power this evolution, we’re embedding Sec-PaLM-based features that can make security more understandable while helping to improve effectiveness with exciting new capabilities in two of our solutions: 

  • Chronicle AI: Chronicle customers will be able to search billions of security events and interact conversationally with the results, ask follow-up questions, and quickly generate detections, all without learning a new syntax or schema.

  • Security Command Center AI: Security Command Center will translate complex attack graphs to human-readable explanations of attack exposure, including impacted assets and recommended mitigations. It will also provide AI-powered risk summaries for security, compliance, and privacy findings for Google Cloud.

These new releases bolster our existing efforts to tackle these issues through capabilities like IAM Recommender, which suggests permissions better suited to actual usage patterns. We will soon be augmenting this capability to cover organizational policies, further enabling the administrator to help improve the security posture of their organization. In addition, Mandiant Automated Defense applies machine learning to help reduce the repetitive Tier 1 alert triage problem and address alert fatigue. 

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Offering availability 

VirusTotal Code Insight, available now in Preview, is our first example of putting Security AI Workbench to work for our customers. We will be rolling out other offerings to trusted testers in coming months, and they will be available in Preview more broadly this summer. Click here for the demo

Security AI Workbench, including Sec-PaLM and partner integrations, in addition to the product innovations described in our demo, are all building blocks for a larger effort to elevate security across the ecosystem. So far, that effort: 

  • Provides assistive functions to rapidly develop IT generalist talent to Tier 1 security operator status in a way that wasn’t previously feasible. Security Command Center now can summarize threat intelligence insights and findings for Google Cloud, and Chronicle can quickly generate YARA-L rules or other detections. 

  • Provides advanced functions such as iterative query and multivariate detection generation, conversational filtering and interaction with results, and smart case awareness to empower advanced Tier 2 and 3 security operators to focus on threat analysis instead of struggling with process and toil. Mandiant Threat Intelligence users now can elevate their core competencies to hunt, investigate, and remediate threats — using the same tools our own Mandiant experts use. 

  • Fuses threat intelligence and AI-based analytic capabilities, which are unsurpassed in the market. VirusTotal Code Insight enables security teams to help gain insights and identify threats in suspicious code. This can significantly enhance their ability to detect and mitigate potential attacks.

However, this is just an initial step. We’ll continue to iterate and innovate, and we encourage customers and partners to leverage Security AI Workbench in new and exciting ways. Moving forward, we anticipate many new use cases to emerge over time. 

Building a safer future

While generative AI has recently captured the imagination, Sec-PaLM is based on years of foundational AI research by Google and DeepMind, and the deep expertise of our security teams. This work includes new efforts to expand our partner ecosystem to provide businesses with security capabilities at every layer of the cybersecurity stack. We have only just begun to realize the power of applying generative AI to security, and we look forward to continuing to leverage this expertise for our customers and drive advancements across the security community. 

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