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Creating effective security guardrails with metaprompt/system message engineering

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Yes! When talking about responsible AI, it’s impossible to extricate the two. The relationship between responsible AI and AI security is significant because: Ethical Considerations: Responsible AI involves ethical considerations that directly impact security, such as privacy and data protection … Continue Reading
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Elevating AI with Databricks on Azure: Introducing the Latest Large Language Models

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In the ever-evolving landscape of artificial intelligence (AI), the integration of advanced models into accessible platforms is a game-changer for developers and businesses alike. Today we’re excited to announce the availability of Databricks’ new large language models, databricks/dbrx-base and databricks/dbrx-instruct, … Continue Reading
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Prepare for upcoming transitions in Defender for Servers

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Last summer, within the scope of the upcoming Log Analytics agent deprecation, we announced a new agent strategy for Defender for Servers with the goal to simplify the onboarding and reduce external dependencies in our offering while improving existing and … Continue Reading
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Azure OpenAI Service Expands “On Your Data” with Elasticsearch to Revolutionize Conversational AI

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Microsoft is excited to announce a significant expansion of its Azure OpenAI Service, specifically the “On Your Data” feature, now incorporating Elasticsearch, the world’s most downloaded vector database, and other innovative data sources. This pivotal update, developed in partnership with … Continue Reading
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The foundation for responsible analytics with Microsoft Purview

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We live in a world where data is constantly multiplying. According to IDC, the global datasphere, which is the amount of data created, captured, or replicated, will double every four years.1 As AI becomes more prevalent in various domains, organizations … Continue Reading
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Fundamental of Deploying Large Language Model Inference

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Hosting a large language model (LLM) can be a complex and challenging task. One of the main challenges is the large model size, which requires significant computational resources and storage capacity. Another challenge is model sharding, which involves splitting the … Continue Reading
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Action Required: Switch from Memory Optimized Data Flows in Azure Data Factory to General Purpose

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Azure Data Factory Memory Optimized Data Flows will be fully retired on April 1, 2027. Going forward, all ADF Data Flows will use the General Purpose SKU that will provide performance that is superior to the current Memory Optimized and … Continue Reading
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Get started with Function Calling through Assistants API on Azure OpenAI

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In this article, I’ll be covering some of the capabilities of the Assistants API capability introduced by OpenAI in November 2023 during their first DevDay. Standing to OpenAI’s description of it: “that makes it easier for developers to build their … Continue Reading
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Protect Against OWASP API Top 10 Security Risks Using Defender for APIs

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The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Foundation is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to improving software security through community-led open-source projects, education, and transparency. The OWASP API Security Project focuses on strategies and solutions to understand and mitigate the unique … Continue Reading
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Image Analysis OCR for Data and Content Compliance

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In today’s digital world, organizations have the challenge and responsibility of ensuring a safe and secure online environment for their users, employees, and partners. The increasing volume of images and videos shared on various social and communication channels necessitates robust … Continue Reading
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How Microsoft Incident Response and Microsoft Defender for Identity work together to detect and respond to cyberthreats

Identity-based cyberthreats are on the rise. 2023 saw a tenfold increase in threats including phishing, ransomware, and more.1 And bad actors continue to evolve their techniques—making them more sophisticated, more overwhelming, and more believable. From an employee’s viewpoint, every ping, … Continue Reading
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Microsoft Threat Intelligence unveils targets and innovative tactics amidst tax season

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Cybercriminals use social engineering during holidays and important events like tax season to steal user information. Our new Microsoft Threat Intelligence tax season report outlines some of the various techniques that threat actors use to craft their campaigns and mislead … Continue Reading
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Building a multimodal multi-agent framework with Azure OpenAI Assistant API

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Building a multimodal multi-agent framework with Azure OpenAI Assistant API Figure 1 – Multi-Agent Architecture Example   Introduction: What are Agents? Intelligent agents, are autonomous entities capable of perceiving their environment and taking action to achieve specific goals, with LLM-based … Continue Reading
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AI in action: 5 real-world intelligent apps you can build on Azure

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the way we interact with technology, data, and each other. AI can help us create more engaging, personalized, and efficient experiences for customers and employees. To stay ahead in the era of AI, businesses are … Continue Reading
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Comparing GPT-3.5 & GPT-4: A Thought Framework on When To Use Each Model

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Intro  Since the spring of 2022, there has been an explosion of Large Language Models (LLMs) onto the market. Companies like OpenAI, Microsoft, Anthropic, Meta, and AI 21 Labs have released several iterations of their proprietary LLMs, sparking a technological … Continue Reading
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Azure Assistant API and the Next Wave of User-Centric Innovation

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Today’s consumers demand capabilities that extend far beyond mere information retrieval; they seek to execute transactions effortlessly and instantaneously. Take, for example, a credit card holder wishing to navigate the nuances of missed EMI payments. They not only require a … Continue Reading
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Exposure Management: The Evolution of Vulnerability Management

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Traditional Vulnerability Management As security professionals, we’re tasked with the seemingly impossible job of staying one step ahead of attackers. This task is made more challenging by the constantly evolving threat landscape as well as the silos that exist within … Continue Reading
350+ intel profiles are now available to all Defender XDR customers via the “Intel profiles” tab under the threat intelligence blade, including information on over 200 threat actors, tools, and vulnerabilities that Microsoft has not mentioned publicly to date.

New at Secure: Corpus of Intel Profiles Available in Defender XDR

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The Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence (MDTI) team is excited to announce that we are revealing previews for each of our 350+ intel profiles to all Defender XDR customers for the first time. This represents Microsoft’s broadest expansion of threat intelligence … Continue Reading
Vulnerability Profiles are accessible from the “Vulnerabilities” tab on the Intel Profiles page, which is contained under the threat intelligence blade in the left navigation.

New at Secure: Enhanced Vulnerability Profiles and CVE Search within MDTI

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The Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence (MDTI) team revamped vulnerability profiles to improve customers’ ability to access world-class intelligence on vulnerabilities and exposures within the Defender XDR portal. These exciting updates include: A new layout that mirrors the design of our … Continue Reading
MDTI results are now available under the “Intel Explorer” tab when searching via Defender XDR’s global search bar. You may search and see results for indicators such as IP addresses or file hashes, intel profiles, CVEs, threat articles and more.

New at Secure: MDTI in Defender XDR Global Search

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On the heels of introducing Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence (MDTI) premium and standard editions into the Microsoft Defender XDR portal, we are thrilled to introduce an even greater integrated threat intelligence experience by making results for MDTI content available within … Continue Reading
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Defender CSPM enhances risk prioritization, remediation, and compliance for multicloud environments

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With almost 90% of organizations adopting a multicloud strategy, successfully securing the entire environment has never been more important. However, the complexities of multicloud environments can introduce security risks, particularly if there is lack of visibility across environments and security … Continue Reading
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Analyze complex documents with Azure Document Intelligence Markdown Output and Azure OpenAI

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In today’s digital era, where data is the new gold, efficiently extracting and processing information from complex documents, including those with dynamic tables, is crucial for businesses. Microsoft’s Azure AI services offer robust solutions for tackling these challenges, especially through … Continue Reading
Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence resources are accessible under the Threat Intelligence blade within the left navigation menu, on the “Intel profiles”, “Intel explorer”, and “Intel projects” tabs.

MDTI Standalone Portal Retirement and Transition to Defender XDR

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On June 30th, 2024, the Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence (MDTI) standalone portal will reach end-of-life and the Microsoft Defender XDR portal will become MDTI’s exclusive home for both standard and premium users. In this blog, we’ll guide customers using the … Continue Reading
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Evolving Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL): How continuous SDL can help you build more secure software

The software developers and systems engineers at Microsoft work with large-scale, complex systems, requiring collaboration among diverse and global teams, all while navigating the demands of rapid technological advancement, and today we’re sharing how they’re tackling security challenges in the … Continue Reading
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The AI Study Guide: #MarchResponsibly with AI

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Hi! It’s me, Natalie, your Azure AI Skilling Guru. Want to learn something about Azure AI or ML? We’ve got something for that! Welcome to the March edition of the Azure AI Study Guide. Every month I’ll bring you the … Continue Reading
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Enhancing protection: Updates on Microsoft’s Secure Future Initiative

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At Microsoft, we’re continually evolving our cybersecurity strategy to stay ahead of threats targeting our products and customers. As part of our efforts to prioritize transparency and accountability, we’re launching a regular series on milestones and progress of the Secure … Continue Reading
Valence Security 2023 SaaS Security Report Top Gaps

​​Secure SaaS applications with Valence Security and Microsoft Security​​

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This blog post is part of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association guest blog series. Learn more about MISA.   Software as a service (SaaS) adoption has accelerated at a lightning speed, enabling collaboration, automation, and innovation for businesses large and small … Continue Reading
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Use the new investigation and response capabilities for macOS and Linux

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It has become the norm for organizations of all sizes to operate environments with multiplatform endpoints. That’s why Microsoft Defender for Endpoint provides comprehensive endpoint security and detection and response capabilities across operating systems including Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and … Continue Reading

Microsoft Secure: Learn expert AI strategy at our online event

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As the most influential technology of our lifetime, AI has the power to reshape how organizations secure their environments. AI’s impact on cybersecurity and the efforts of Microsoft to bring generative AI to organizations worldwide will be a major topic … Continue Reading
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Defend against human-operated ransomware attacks with Microsoft Copilot for Security​​

Organizations everywhere are seeing an increase in human-operated ransomware threats, with Microsoft’s own telemetry showing a 200% increase in threats since September 2022.1 When an entire organization is attacked, they need every advantage they can get to protect against skilled, … Continue Reading