AI Copilots Help Cybersecurity Teams Manage Threats, Automate Tasks

Palo Alto Network’s trio of AI-powered assistants provides insights into threat activities using natural language

Ben Wodecki, Jr. Editor

May 14, 2024

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Palo Alto Networks has launched generative AI-powered assistant tools to ease cybersecurity team workloads by automating routine tasks.

The trio of new copilots, Strata, Prisma Cloud and Cortex, are designed to streamline security operations.

Using natural language, security analysts can prompt the copilots to uncover and analyze security threats. The assistants can respond to user queries about their business’ security environments, help guide configurations and visualize related threat activities.

The assistant tools are powered by Precision AI, Palo Alto Networks’ proprietary technology that combines generative AI with machine learning and deep learning. The company claims that combining three types of AI into an assistant tool will empower security teams by automating complex tasks via a natural language interface.

"When generative AI went mainstream, we had a vision that it could be an incredible tool for autonomous security we saw beyond the capability of simply providing answers, it could drive actions,” said Lee Klarich, Palo Alto Networks’ chief product officer. “To fulfill its promise, more innovation was needed.

“By combining generative AI with other key technologies, we've improved precision and enabled actionability. This is the first step toward realizing our vision, brought to life via our Precision AI-powered copilots, radically improving security team productivity and security outcomes."

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Strata Copilot is embedded into Palo Alto Networks’ Strata Network Security platform and provides support for secure access service edge and next-generation firewall applications.

The Prisma Cloud Copilot works on the company’s Prisma Cloud platform and assists users with tasks like risk prioritization and threat detection.

Cortex Copilot, meanwhile, operates within the Cortex XSIAM platform and is designed to optimize efficiency in security operations centers

All three of the copilots are currently available in private preview.

"Generative AI promises to help security teams be more effective in their job through natural language interfaces," said Scott Moser, chief information and security Officer at Sabre. "The ability for more team members to query firewalls and all of the security tools using a natural language interface is extremely valuable in ensuring a very quick response to security threats, as well as getting better answers to the questions they ask."

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About the Author(s)

Ben Wodecki

Jr. Editor

Ben Wodecki is the Jr. Editor of AI Business, covering a wide range of AI content. Ben joined the team in March 2021 as assistant editor and was promoted to Jr. Editor. He has written for The New Statesman, Intellectual Property Magazine, and The Telegraph India, among others. He holds an MSc in Digital Journalism from Middlesex University.

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