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Vectra AI takes aim at threat actors exploiting GenAI vulnerabilities

As businesses face new vulnerabilities arising from the adoption of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) tools, XDR provider Vectra AI announced that it has extended its Attack Signal Intelligence platform to keep Microsoft Copilot for M365 users safe.

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Wed, 08 May 2024
Vectra AI takes aim at threat actors exploiting GenAI vulnerabilities
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XDR provider Vectra AI announced that it has expanded its Vectra AI platform to combat vulnerabilities arising from the increasing commercial adoption of generative AI tools through the use of behaviour-based AI.

Vectra AI has announced that the changes will help security operations centre teams fight attacks that have arisen due to the continued adoption of AI technologies, launching the company’s Attack Signal Intelligence platform.

According to Vectra AI, more and more companies are leveraging AI tools to enhance work processes. While improving outputs, increased AI utilisation has also created a larger attack surface.

A spokesperson explained that tools such as Microsoft Copilot have access to swathes of proprietary data, which can enhance the speed and scale of attacks.

The new Attack Signal Intelligence platform utilises AI and machine learning to detect threats across networks, identity, cloud, software as a service (SaaS), and GenAI. It then prioritises the threats to ensure security teams can address the vulnerabilities.

The platform can now identify attackers exploiting Microsoft Copilot for M365 in minutes, the company said.

The improvements cover suspicious access, data discovery and jailbreak techniques, while prioritising the attacks, providing data for investigations, correlating and attributing detections across Microsoft Entra ID, Microsoft 365, AWS and Active Directory, as well as managing response actions such as locking down hosts and accounts involved in the attack.

“At Vectra AI, we’ve been at the forefront of leveraging AI to combat advanced and emerging threats for more than a decade. Our mission has been and always will be to deliver the most accurate attack signal at speed and scale, enabling us to find and identify attacks that other solutions can’t,” Hitesh Sheth, founder and chief executive of Vectra AI, said.

“With more enterprises now using GenAI tools to boost employee productivity, SOC teams face a new attack surface, one that can only be protected with AI. Our new AI-driven detections for GenAI attacks empower SOC teams to fight AI with AI, enabling them to operate at the same speed and scale as attackers.”

The improvements are required, especially as the number of companies adopting generative AI increase.

“The rapid digitisation of organisations coupled with the integration of Gen AI tools like Microsoft Copilot introduces both immense opportunities and significant risks. The traditional defence strategy of ‘building a moat around your castle’ is no longer applicable in today’s modern threat landscape,” Sharat Nautiyal, Director of Security Engineering, APJ, Vectra AI said.

“Gen AI is being weaponised by cyber criminals and security leaders must also adopt AI as part of their defence and response strategies to ensure they remain resilient and agile.”

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