Microsoft Copilot for Security – Use Cases for CISOs

April 8, 2024 | 5 min read

Micah Heaton

Executive Director, Managed Security Center of Excellence

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This blog explores how AI and Microsoft Copilot for Security can assist various security teams, including CISOs and upper management.

Throughout this blog series, we've helped various cybersecurity groups see possible use cases for Microsoft Copilot for Security. The role of a CISO includes implementing security policies, procedures, and technologies, as well as ensuring compliance. CISOs manage large security teams and often work closely with other executive team members, including the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), to align security initiatives with the overall business objectives.

This post will explore three areas where Microsoft Copilot for Security can help CISOs and their upper-management teams accomplish their goals.

  • Incident summaries
  • Threat prevention plans
  • Upskill valuable team members

Clear and Complete Incident Reporting with Microsoft Copilot for Security

A cyber incident summary is a report that outlines the key details and impacts of a cybersecurity event. It communicates important information about the incident to stakeholders such as executives, IT staff, regulators, customers, and shareholders. The summary outlines the scope and severity of the incident, assesses the effectiveness of security measures, and informs decision-makers on further response actions and improvements to cyber defenses.

  • Summarization: Condense lengthy incident reports, logs, and other details into concise summaries. Summaries use normalized language and can highlight critical details such as the timeline of events, initial compromise, tactics used by attackers, and mitigation measures taken.
  • Sentiment Analysis: Gauge the tone and sentiment expressed in incident reports or discussions surrounding the incident. That helps to comprehend and convey the urgency and seriousness of the situation.
  • Impact: Gather and analyze data to help determine a cyber incident's operational and financial impact and the time and cost required to remediate any damage.
  • Temporal Analysis: Capture the temporal aspects of cyber incidents, including the duration of the attack, the frequency of attacks over time, and patterns indicating potential coordinated campaigns to provide more context to reports and sharpen prevention plans.
  • Visualization: Generate graphs, charts, timelines, and heatmaps to help stakeholders quickly grasp the incident's scope and impact.
  • Trend and Predictive Analysis: Identify trends and patterns that may indicate emerging threats or recurring vulnerabilities. Predict future threats based on historical data, threat intelligence, and contextual information to implement security measures, mitigate risks, and halt threats before they occur.

Microsoft Copilot for Security for incident summaries helps CISOs and their upper-management teams quickly and clearly assess and communicate cyber incidents to all stakeholders.

Build Plans to Halt Threats Before They Start

Threat prevention plans limit or prevent various types of cyber threats that may target an organization's information systems, networks, data, and other assets and workflows. Microsoft Copilot for Security can assist in building prevention plans to reduce the likelihood and impact of a cyber incident.

  • Attack Simulation: Use Microsoft Copilot for Security to simulate various cyber attack scenarios. Capture and assess the organization's response times and readiness. Analyze time to identify, report, contain, and remediate the simulated threat.
  • Develop Processes and Procedures: Analyze the results of simulated or actual incidents. Determine what needs to be included in the plan to help the organization halt them faster and with less remediation in the future.
  • Reduce and Eliminate Vulnerabilities: Determine what allowed the incident to occur and create processes and procedures to prevent them from happening again.
  • Policy and Compliance: Analyze regulatory requirements, industry standards, and best practices to ensure threat response plan policies and procedures align with legal and compliance frameworks and industry-recommended baselines.
  • Training and Awareness: Include training modules with simulations as part of the prevention plan so that team members know how to identify and what actions to take during different cyber attacks.
  • Automation: Design and include new automation in the plan that can be triggered in the event of a specific type of cyber attack.
  • Maintenance: Use Microsoft Copilot for Security to periodically review prevention and response plans to ensure they align with the existing environment, new regulatory requirements, and updated operational procedures.

By leveraging Microsoft Copilot for Security for threat prevention planning, organizations can develop more robust, adaptive, and effective cybersecurity strategies and be more prepared for cyber threats if they occur.

Advance the Career of Security Team Members

CISOs ensure organizations remain secure but also need to manage and retain valuable security specialists. Microsoft Copilot for Security offloads many of the time-consuming and tedious chores once performed by valuable analysts. Team members have more time to advance their careers and learn new skills. Microsoft Copilot for Security can help.

  • Automated Training: Analyze the skill gaps within your cybersecurity team and provide personalized training modules for each individual. These modules can cover various topics, from basic cybersecurity principles to advanced threat detection and response techniques.
  • Interactive Learning: Build and offer interactive learning experiences like simulations and virtual labs. These hands-on activities can help staff members practice their skills in a safe environment.
  • Continuous Assessment: Continuously assess the knowledge and performance of staff members through quick quizzes, self-learning exercises, and practical assessments. This allows for real-time feedback and adjustments to the training program based on individual progress.
  • Adaptive Learning Paths: Adapt the learning paths based on each staff member's strengths and weaknesses. For example, if an individual struggles with a particular concept, Microsoft Copilot for Security can provide additional resources or exercises.
  • Augmented Decision-Making: Provide context-aware recommendations and insights to assist staff members in making better decisions. That can be especially useful in high-pressure situations where quick and accurate decisions are crucial to halting an aggressive threat.
  • Stay Updated with Latest Threats: Continuously monitor and analyze the ever-evolving threat landscape, keeping staff members informed and trained about the latest attack techniques and trends. This ensures that their knowledge and skills are always up-to-date and relevant.
  • Customized Learning Experience: Tailor the learning experience to the specific roles and responsibilities within the cybersecurity team. For example, network security administrators may receive training on network security, while incident responders may focus on threat detection and mitigation techniques.

Microsoft Copilot for Security can assist in upskilling security team members and help advance their careers while improving the overall security posture of the organization.

CISOs and their upper management teams have many responsibilities that go beyond day-to-day threat detection and response. Microsoft Copilot for Security provides valuable assistance to help them with incident reporting, threat prevention planning, and advancing the careers of their staff.

BlueVoyant is an early adaptor of Microsoft Security for Copilot and a member of the Microsoft Design Advisory Council for Copilot for Security. Our commitment to our clients is to continually provide guidance on how and where to optimize security operations with Microsoft, including Copilot for Security.

Please stay tuned for more blogs on how different security teams can benefit from Microsoft Copilot for Security.