IBM on Tuesday outlined plans to work with eight universities to train the Watson cognitive computing system to collect and understand security data. After its first six months in existence, is IBM's Watson unit for the medical and life sciences industries in good health? The project is part of a year-long research effort to create Watson for Cyber Security. The partnership will include eight universities in the U.S. and Canada. According to IBM, the goal is to give cybersecurity pros a Watson-based helper to thwart threats.
IBM has launched IBM Security Connect, a new platform designed to bring vendors, developers, AI, and data together to improve cyber incident response and abilities. On Monday, the New York-based technology company unveiled the open platform, which IBM says "is the first security cloud platform built on open technologies, with AI at its core, to analyze federated security data across previously unconnected tools and environments." An analysis conducted by IBM suggests that cybersecurity teams in the enterprise use, on average, over 80 cybersecurity solutions provided by roughly 40 vendors. This is a potential recipe for chaos and may reduce the overall effectiveness of security and defense. IBM Security Connect makes use of both cloud technology and AI.
IBM is tackling modern security issues with a modern approach: cognitive technology. As part of a year long research project, IBM is rolling out Watson for Cyber Security, a new cloud-based version of the company's cognitive tech that focuses on the language of security. IBM Watson is the organisation's technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data. According to a statement, IBM is teaming up with eight universities around the United States to further scale the system and expand the collection of security data that Watson is currently trained with. According to IBM, training for Watson for Cyber Security is a crucial step in the advancement of cognitive security.
IBM plans to launch a cloud-based version of Watson's cognitive computing technology, designed solely to zero in on cybersecurity language, as a part of a year-long research project, the company announced Tuesday. The Watson for Cyber Security platform is touted as the first technology to offer cognition of security data. Watson will pull the majority of its cognitive data from the X-Force research library: a threat intelligence platform with 20 years of security research, details on 8 million spam and phishing attacks and more than 100,000 documented vulnerabilities. "Even if the industry was able to fill the estimated 1.5 million open cybersecurity jobs by 2020, we'd still have a skills crisis in security," Marc van Zadelhoff, general manager of IBM Security said in a statement. "The volume and velocity of data in security is one of our greatest challenges in dealing with cybercrime."
IBM Security announced Watson for Cyber Security on Tuesday, a cloud-based version of the company's cognitive technology that will focus on learning the language of cybersecurity. The project is working to improve security analysts' capabilities by automating the "connections between data, emerging threats and remediation strategies." IBM will collaborate with eight universities starting this fall to expand the collection of security data IBM has trained Watson with. With its Watson cybersecurity effort, IBM is working to automate threat intelligence, allowing a machine to make connections in data that humans are sometimes unable to find. As an added bonus, if the project proves successful, businesses could integrate Watson's cybersecurity into their security platforms, helping to bridge the cybersecurity skills gap.