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Advancing the art of AI-driven security with Google Cloud

The advent of generative AI has unlocked new opportunities to empower defenders and security professionals. We have already seen how AI can transform malware analysis at scale as we work to deliver better outcomes for defenders. In fact, using Gemini 1.5 Pro, we were recently able to reverse engineer and analyze the decompiled code of the WannaCry malware in a single pass — and identify the killswitch — in only 34 seconds. 

Our vision for AI is to accelerate your ability to protect and defend against threats by shifting from manual, time-intensive efforts to assisted and, ultimately, semi-autonomous security — while providing you with curated tools and services to secure your AI data, models, applications, and infrastructure. We do this by empowering defenders with Gemini in Security, which uses SecLM, our security-tuned API, as well as providing tools and services to manage AI risk to your environment. Our Mandiant experts are able to help you secure your AI journey wherever you are.

Managing AI risk and empowering defenders with gen AI.

Today at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, we’re sharing more on our vision for the intersection between AI and cybersecurity, including how we help organizations secure AI systems and provide AI tools to support defenders. We are introducing new AI offerings from Mandiant Consulting and new features in Security Command Center Enterprise to help address security challenges when adopting AI. We are also announcing the general availability of Gemini across several security offerings including Google Threat Intelligence and Google Security Operations to further empower defenders with generative AI.

New services leverage security and AI expertise from Google

As customers integrate AI into every area of their business, they tell us that securing their use of AI is essential. The recent State of AI and Security Survey Report from the Cloud Security Alliance highlighted that while many professionals are confident in their organization’s ability to protect AI systems, there is still a significant portion that recognize the risks of underestimating threats. 

Our Secure AI Framework (SAIF) provides a taxonomy of risks associated with AI workloads and recommended mitigations. Today we are announcing new offerings from Mandiant Consulting that can help organizations support SAIF and secure the use of AI. Mandiant’s AI consulting services can help assess the security of your AI pipelines and test your AI defense and response with red teaming. These services can also help your defenders identify and implement ways to use AI to enhance cyber defenses and streamline investigative capabilities. 

“The use of AI opens up a world of possibilities and enterprises recognize that in order to take advantage of the potential of these innovations, they need to get ahead of new security risks,” said Jurgen Kutscher, vice president, Mandiant Consulting, Google Cloud. “From helping secure training data to assessing AI applications for vulnerabilities, our Mandiant Consulting experts can provide recommendations based on Google’s own experience protecting and deploying AI. We’re excited to bring these new services to market to help our clients leverage AI more securely and transform their operations.”

Notebook Security Scanner identifies package vulnerabilities and recommends next steps to remediate individual packages.

Securing AI workloads against risks

We are also announcing new AI-protection capabilities that can help our customers implement SAIF by building on our release of Security Command Center Enterprise — our cloud risk-management solution that fuses cloud security and enterprise security operations: 

Notebook Security Scanner, now available in preview, detects and provides remediation advice for vulnerabilities introduced by open-source software installed in managed notebooks.

Model Armor, expected to be in preview in Q3, can enable customers to inspect, route, and protect foundation model prompts and responses. It can help customers mitigate risks such as prompt injections, jailbreaks, toxic content, and sensitive data leakage. Model Armor will integrate with products across Google Cloud, including Vertex AI. 

If you’d like to learn more about early access for Model Armor, you can sign up here.

Model Armor allows users to configure policies and set content safety filters to help block or redact inappropriate model prompts and responses.

Empowering defenders with new gen AI security tools

Today, we’ve also shared how security teams can better defend against threats with Google Security Operations, our AI-powered platform to help empower SOC teams to more easily detect and respond to threats. Gemini in Security Operations now includes a new assisted investigation feature that navigates users through the platform based on the context of an investigation. It can help hunt for the latest threats with vital information from Google Threat Intelligence and MITRE, analyze security events, create detections using natural language, and recommend next steps to take. 

Users can also ask Gemini to create a response playbook using natural language, which can simplify the time-consuming task of manually constructing one. The user can further refine the generated playbook and simulate its execution. These new enhancements can give security teams a boost across the detection and response lifecycle. 

“Gemini in Security Operations is enabling us to enhance the efficiency of our Cybersecurity Operations Center program as we continue to drive operational excellence,” said Ronald Smalley, senior vice president, cybersecurity operations, Fiserv. “Detection engineers can create detections and playbooks with less effort, and security analysts can find answers quickly with intelligent summarization and natural language search. This is critical as SOC teams continue to manage increasing data volumes and need to detect, validate, and respond to events faster.“

Gemini in Security Operations aids investigations and helps users easily create rules for detections.

We also are introducing Google Threat Intelligence, a new offering that can help you reduce the time it takes to identify and protect against novel threats by bringing together investigative learnings from Mandiant frontline experts, the VirusTotal intel community, and Google threat insights from protecting billions of devices and user accounts. 

With Gemini in Threat Intelligence, analysts can now conversationally search Mandiant’s vast frontline research to understand threat actor behaviors in seconds, and read AI-powered summaries of relevant open-source intelligence (OSINT) articles the platform automatically ingests to help reduce investigation time. 

“Our main objective is to understand the purpose of the threat actor. The AI summaries provided by Gemini in Threat Intelligence make it easy to get an overview of the actor, information about relevant entities, and which regions they’re targeting,” said the director of information security at a leading multinational professional services organization. “The information flows really smoothly and helps us gather the intelligence we need in a fraction of the time.”

Plus, Gemini in Threat Intelligence includes Code Insight, which can inspect more than 200 file types, summarize their unique properties, and identify potentially malicious code. Gemini makes it easier for security professionals to understand the threats that matter most to their organization and take action to respond.

Gemini in Google Threat Intelligence allows users to conversationally search Mandiant’s vast corpus of frontline research.

Make Google part of your security team

With rapid advances in AI technology, the line of what is possible is a moving target. We have a vision for a world in which the practice of “doing security” is less laborious and more durable, as AI offloads routine tasks and frees the experts to focus on the most complex issues. 

Organizations can now address security challenges with the same capabilities that Google uses to keep more people and organizations safe online than anyone else in the world

To learn more about AI and security, and the rest of Google Cloud Security’s comprehensive portfolio, come meet us in person at our RSA Conference booth (N5644). You can also catch us at our RSA Conference keynotes, presentations, and meetups, and get the latest AI and Security updates here.

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