Microsoft partners with Darktrace to help customers combat cyber threats with AI

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Earlier this month, Microsoft launched Counterfit as a part of its effort to help organizations automate the way they test the security of their artificial intelligence systems. Now, the software giant wants to use AI to help protect businesses from various kinds of threats.

Microsoft announced today a new partnership with Darktrace, a UK-based cyber security AI firm that works with customers to address threats using what it describes as "self-learning artificial intelligence". Darktrace's threat response system is designed to counter insider threats, espionage, supply chain attacks, phishing, and ransomware.

The partnership between Microsoft and Darktrace is meant to give organizations an automated way of investigating threats across multiple platforms. Darktrace's system works by learning the data within a specific environment as well as how users behave. The goal is to tell which activity is benign or malicious.

Regarding the new partnership, Clare Barclay, CEO of Microsoft UK, said:

“As cyber-attacks become increasingly sophisticated, AI is adding a deeper level of protection in detecting these threats. The partnership between Microsoft and Darktrace will help keep organisations secure, enabling them to focus on their core business and customers.”

Microsoft says the alliance is especially helpful to organizations as they migrate to the cloud. There are three areas where Microsoft and Darktrace will help organizations address security challenges. First, the alliance will use Darktrace’s AI to respond to advanced email threats. Customers can also send and view alerts and cyber incident reports with the integration of Darktrace into Azure Sentinel. Finally, Darktrace’s AI detection capabilities can be linked to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.

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