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IBM's Watson Now Fights Cybercrime in the Real World

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You may know Watson as IBM's Jeopardy-winning, cookbook-writing, dress-designing, weather-predicting supercomputer-of-all trades. Starting today, 40 organizations will rely upon the clever computers cognitive power to help spot cybercrime. The Watson for Cybersecurity beta program helps IBM too, because Watson's real-world experience will help it hone its skills and work within specific industries. After all, the threats that keep security experts at Sun Life Financial up at night differ from those that spook the cybersleuths at University of New Brunswick. IBM researchers started training Watson in the fundamentals of cybersecurity last spring so the computer could begin to analysize and prevent threats.


Matchlight Dark Web data leak detection software available worldwide

ZDNet

Terbium Labs has announced the release of Dark Web data analytics software Matchlight to corporate players that wish to be alerted to the theft of data immediately -- rather than days or months after the damage is done. On Tuesday, the Baltimore, MD.-based company said Matchlight is now available through either a web portal or API at what Terbium calls a "reasonable price point" so both SMBs and larger enterprise players can access the service. Now out of a private beta started in June 2015 with companies including MasterCard, IBM and LifeLock, the fully automated system allows companies to outsource part of their cybersecurity requirements and potentially mitigate the damage caused by data breaches. Terbium Labs calls itself a company which protects the enterprise from "relentless attempts to steal data for personal, monetary or political gain." The Dark Web, a small section of the Deep Web which is not indexed by common search engines including Google and Bing, is the most prolific area to acquire data stolen from businesses.


IBM's Watson is going to cybersecurity school

PCWorld

It's no secret that much of the wisdom of the world lies in unstructured data, or the kind that's not necessarily quantifiable and tidy. So it is in cybersecurity, and now IBM is putting Watson to work to make that knowledge more accessible. Towards that end, IBM Security on Tuesday announced a new year-long research project through which it will collaborate with eight universities to help train its Watson artificial-intelligence system to tackle cybercrime. Knowledge about threats is often hidden in unstructured sources such as blogs, research reports and documentation, said Kevin Skapinetz, director of strategy for IBM Security. "Let's say tomorrow there's an article about a new type of malware, then a bunch of follow-up blogs," Skapinetz explained.


IBM's Watson is going to cybersecurity school

#artificialintelligence

It's no secret that much of the wisdom of the world lies in unstructured data, or the kind that's not necessarily quantifiable and tidy. So it is in cybersecurity, and now IBM is putting Watson to work to make that knowledge more accessible. Towards that end, IBM Security on Tuesday announced a new year-long research project through which it will collaborate with eight universities to help train its Watson artificial intelligence system to tackle cybercrime. Knowledge about threats is often hidden in unstructured sources such as blogs, research reports and documentation, said Kevin Skapinetz, director of strategy for IBM Security. "Let's say tomorrow there's an article about a new type of malware, then a bunch of follow-up blogs," Skapinetz explained.


IBM Watson's latest challenge: cybersecurity

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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."