“Great speakers and very knowledgeable.” “Brilliant.” “Wonderful and very useful.” The first Microsoft Secure on March 28, 2023, was a huge success—as this attendee feedback shows. Our virtual event brought together more than 20,000 security professionals eager to learn security best practices and hear major product announcements—including the introduction of Microsoft Security Copilot, the first security product that enables defenders to move at the speed and scale of AI. Our event included other exciting product announcements across compliance, identity, and more. If you weren’t able to attend, you still can see those announcements for yourself by watching sessions on-demand.
The response from attendees, who joined from around the globe, was overwhelmingly positive. Attendees, with unique perspectives and diverse experiences, joined keynotes and breakout sessions and asked interesting questions during the Ask the Experts sessions.
We’re thrilled by that reaction. Let’s take a look at a few of the top announcements and insights from Microsoft Secure that got people talking.
Microsoft Security Copilot takes off
The sophistication of cyberattackers and the global shortage of skilled security professionals—an estimated 3.4 million openings—makes it a challenge to respond to threats. Security Copilot combines Microsoft’s leading security technologies with the latest advancements in AI to help your defenders to move at the speed and scale of AI. It augments an analyst’s work, continually learning from users and letting them provide feedback and inform future interactions.
“Microsoft Security Copilot is the first and only generative AI security product that builds upon the full power of GPT-4 AI to defend organizations at machine speed and scale,” said Vasu Jakkal, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Security, Compliance, Identity, and Privacy, during the Microsoft Secure keynote. “It continuously learns from Microsoft’s unmatched global threat intelligence, security data, and skills to deliver tailored insights, hardened defenses, and faster response.”
Figure 1. From left to right, Charlie Bell and Vasu Jakkal speaking at Microsoft Secure event.
“This is really a ‘better together’ story. Security Copilot combines the most advanced GPT-4 model from OpenAI with a Microsoft-developed, security-specific model, powered by Microsoft Security’s unique expertise, global threat intelligence, and comprehensive security products,” said Charlie Bell, Executive Vice President, Microsoft Security.
Attendees were excited to hear the news, with one calling the keynote “mind-blowing” and another sharing, “Way to go Microsoft! A wonderful overview of an AI application developed for comprehensive guarding security.”
Watch “The future of comprehensive security” keynote for a demonstration of a Security Copilot investigation.
Major announcements drew rave reviews at these breakout sessions
Our keynotes continued after the AI announcement summarizing product news. Then, in breakouts, attendees got up-close and personal looks at what our new features empower them to do. Here are highlights from breakout sessions highly rated by attendees and available to watch now:
- “How identity security protects the bottom line”: During this session, Jarred Boone, Microsoft Product Marketing Manager, Identity Security; Inbar Cizer Kobrinsky, Microsoft Senior Product Manager; and Alex Weinert, Microsoft Vice President, Identity Security, offered insights on the most common identity attacks, and how Microsoft Entra can protect against them.
- “Cyber-safety and IT efficiency fueled by Microsoft Intune Suite”: Ramya Chitrakar, Microsoft Vice President of Engineering for Microsoft Intune, Configuration Manager, and Windows Commercial; and Steve Dispensa, Microsoft Vice President of Product for Microsoft Endpoint Manager, introduced the Microsoft Intune Suite, which unifies mission-critical advanced endpoint management and security solutions into one simple bundle. “Love the new capabilities,” wrote an attendee.
- “How XDR defends against ransomware across the entire kill chain”: Corina Feuerstein, Microsoft Principal Program Manager; Alex Klausner, Microsoft Senior Manager, Product Marketing; and Scott Woodgate, Microsoft Senior Director, Microsoft Security Business, discussed how Microsoft’s extended detection and response (XDR) solution brings together the power of our global threat intelligence, integrated platform security, and AI and automation.
Attendees interacted with Learn Live—and loved it
A whopping 97 percent of attendees surveyed considered Learn Live valuable. Learn Live is a series of live interactive learning experiences in which experts guide participants through modules on specific security solutions and answer their questions. The first two episodes about Microsoft Sentinel and Microsoft Purview were offered during Microsoft Secure. “Threat hunting with Microsoft Sentinel” on March 28, 2023, instructed attendees on how to proactively identify threat behaviors by using Microsoft Sentinel queries.
Figure 2. Microsoft employees presenting the “Threat Hunting With Microsoft Sentinel” session at Microsoft Secure.
“Manage insider risk in Microsoft Purview,” also on March 28, 2023, walked participants through insider risk management and how Microsoft technologies can help you detect, investigate, and take action on risky activities in your organization.
Figure 3. Microsoft Employees presenting during the “Manage insider risk in Microsoft Purview” session during Microsoft Secure.
“Just when you feel you have covered a security product or topic reasonably well, Microsoft comes out with new features, innovations, and improvements and then you dig further,” wrote one attendee in an event chat. “This cycle of constant learning and being up to date is so healthily addictive, challenging, and necessary, especially with the rapid pace of improvements. The best thing Microsoft did was bring out Learn! What a fantastic knowledge bank.”
The learning continues. Your last chance to join a Microsoft Secure Learn Live will be April 19, 2023, on “Create, configure, and manage identities” to help you ensure employees and vendors have just enough access to do their job.
Watch Microsoft Secure on-demand and connect with us
Missed an intriguing session, or want to refresh your memory and see a favorite session again? All Microsoft Secure sessions and keynotes are available to watch on demand. You can also read all of our Microsoft Secure announcements to see our top news all in one place.
Keep engaging with us virtually and in person for more product news. Register for the Pre-Day with Microsoft, which starts at 4:00 PM PT on Sunday, April 23, 2023, before the RSA Conference, and visit the Microsoft Booth in Moscone North Expo. To dive deeper into Microsoft Security solutions, check out Microsoft Secure Technical Accelerator, available on-demand, which includes question and answer sessions, best practices, and technical guidance to help you and your organization implement our comprehensive security solutions.
Learn more about Microsoft Security Copilot.
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