Published on April 9, 2024, 8:16 am

Google, during its annual Cloud Next conference in Las Vegas, unveiled a range of new cloud-based security products and services tailored for customers managing extensive corporate networks. A key focus of the event was on Gemini, Google’s primary suite of generative AI models.

One notable introduction was Gemini in Threat Intelligence, a new component powered by Gemini within Google’s Mandiant cybersecurity platform. This feature allows users to analyze potential threats, conduct natural language searches for ongoing risks, and summarize intelligence reports sourced from various platforms across the web. Sunil Potti, GM of cloud security at Google, emphasized the conversational search capability offered by Gemini in Threat Intelligence, enabling smoother navigation through threat intelligence repositories.

Furthermore, Google integrated Gemini into Chronicle, its cybersecurity telemetry tool for cloud clients. This integration provides guidance to security analysts throughout their investigative processes by suggesting actions based on contextual insights derived from security event data. Additionally, Security Command Center now incorporates a Gemini-driven function enabling security teams to search for threats using natural language while receiving concise summaries of vulnerabilities and possible attack vectors.

Among other updates is the introduction of privileged access manager (in preview), offering flexible access options to minimize risks associated with privileged account misuse. Principal access boundary (also in preview) is designed to restrict root-level user access within defined boundaries. Moreover, Autokey (in preview) simplifies encryption key management for high-security applications and Audit Manager (also in preview) provides compliance verification tools for regulated industries utilizing Google Cloud services.

Sunil Potti expressed optimism about the potential of generative AI in enhancing defense mechanisms against cyber threats. While Google leads this development, competitors like Microsoft have also ventured into generative AI-powered security solutions. Startups such as Aim Security are emerging as contenders in this evolving landscape.

However, despite the advancements made possible by generative AI, there remains uncertainty regarding its error-prone nature and long-term viability as a cybersecurity solution. The industry eagerly awaits further innovations and refinements in leveraging AI capabilities to fortify digital defenses against evolving threats.

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