Microsoft uses AI to tackle Ransomware Attacks


As ransomware attacks are ever-evolving, they are hard to detect with human intelligence. So, Microsoft issued a press statement on Tuesday confirming the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to tackle ransomware attacks.

In a tech post released on ‘Patch Tuesday’, the tech giant disclosed it is harnessing the power of AI in exploring the complex threat landscape belonging to ransomware. And has achieved over 80% success in early detection of the said attacks.

Machine Learning protections will examine tons of data generated to recognize the way the attacks are being launched on endpoints and corporate networks. As it is an automated process, analysts will detect genuine processes and their data generations. And as soon as anything out of the norm is detected, it sends in an alert to the admin and predicts what is going to happen in near time.

Microsoft 365 Defender Research team that is working on this new ML model assured that the newly developed system can detect file encryption malware attacks at an early stage. That is when only 2% to 3% of systems are encrypted and the malware outbreak is in the early stages of infection.

The Redmond giant is confident enough of utilizing the power of AI in improving its capabilities in cyber defense. Like how the tech is being integrated with Facial Recognition technology to identify criminals in & across China- all in the name of national security and citizen protection.


Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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