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IBM to use Watson for AI based business device management

The new service will use IBM Watson’s machine learning capabilities to analyse and recommend network policies.

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has unveiled MaaS360 Advisor, a cognitive assistant powered by Watson for management and protection of business mobile devices.

The MaaS360 Advisor is designed to help IT professionals in enterprises to manage and secure business-connected mobile devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops, IoT devices and other endpoints that are used in enterprises.

The IBM MaaS360 is a unified endpoint management (UEM) platform and is being delivered as part of the IBM Cloud.

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According to IBM, at least 49% of workers in enterprises now use at least three devices for work on a weekly basis and technology and security teams are finding it difficult to keep such devices compliant and secure.

The MaaS360 Advisor will use Watson’s machine learning capabilities to analyse devices on the network and recommend policies, patches and best practices to manage and protect them.

The company is now training Watson about device enrollment, identity management and regulatory issues to refine its insights. Watson will also learn from other sources, including data from the IBM X-Force Exchange on threats such as zero day vulnerabilities and malware to help protect devices such threats.

On the other hand, structured data will come from information collected from MaaS360 customer environments and recommendations are influenced by the company’s industry profile, user devices, platforms and apps that are widely used in the infrastructure.

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By integrating IBM’s intelligence, the data administrators will be able to address newly discovered threats and vulnerability in mobile operating system and could help determine the extent of vulnerability and how to fix it.

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IBM Security Strategy and Offering Management director Jim Brennan said “Our investments in bringing Watson to MaaS360 are a major springboard into the Unified Endpoint Management space for IBM Security.

“Enterprise administrators are responsible for digesting an incredible amount of data, including security vulnerabilities, privacy regulations, multiple OS and device updates, and compliance requirements.

“Through MaaS360 with Watson, we’re not only able to streamline and sharpen the data so administrators can stay ahead of the curve, but also transform the way they interact with their environment.”

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