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Google Cloud Debuts Security-Focused Generative AI Platform

Kyle Alspach

The new Security AI Workbench is a set of generative AI tools that leverage a new security-specific large language model from Google.

Google’s Next Generative AI

In what Google Cloud is calling a major advancement for its cybersecurity product suite and for partners, the company unveiled a new generative AI platform Monday that aims to dramatically improve life for security teams. Google Cloud’s new Security AI Workbench offering is a set of generative AI tools that leverage a new security-specific large language model (LLM) from Google, Sec-PaLM. The LLM is “customized and purpose-built — custom trained — using security-related data coming from all of our sources that we have currently,” said Sunil Potti, vice president and general manager for Google Cloud’s security business, in an interview.

[Related: Thomas Kurian: 5 Big Remarks On Google’s Generative AI Future]

The plan is for Google Cloud Security AI Workbench to become available more broadly as part of Vertex AI, Google Cloud’s collection of cloud services for creating AI models. Google Cloud’s strategy is to provide a “platform approach” for bringing large language models to cybersecurity, “so every security service can build an app based on generative AI,” Potti said. Partner offerings — including a new managed XDR (extended detection and response) service from Accenture, announced Monday — will also be able to tap into Security AI Workbench for generative AI functionality.

The generative AI technology will be integrated across many of Google Cloud’s security products and services in the near future, as well, including Chronicle Security Operations, Mandiant Threat Intelligence and Security Command Center, Google Cloud executives told CRN.

Ultimately, “we have a unique opportunity in Google where we actually have both the infrastructure to cost-effectively deliver next-generation AI, but also to infuse it with threat intel, and a lot of data to train our own large language model,” Potti said. Google Cloud Security AI Workbench was unveiled Monday in connection with RSA Conference (RSAC) 2023.

What follows are the key things to know about Google Cloud’s new security-focused generative AI platform, Security AI Workbench.

 
Kyle Alspach

Kyle Alspach is a Senior Editor at CRN focused on cybersecurity. His coverage spans news, analysis and deep dives on the cybersecurity industry, with a focus on fast-growing segments such as cloud security, application security and identity security.  He can be reached at kalspach@thechannelcompany.com.

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