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February 14, 2017

AI fights cybercrime as IBM Watson learns the language of cyber security

Watson can now help security analysts parse thousands of natural language research reports.

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM Watson, Big Blue’s artificial intelligence (AI) platform, keeps on learning with the smart platform now well versed in cyber security.

Watson for Cyber Security can now help security analysts parse thousands of natural language research reports which were previously not possible.

It is claimed to be the industry’s first augmented intelligence technology designed to power cognitive security operation centres (SOCs).

The company said that for the past year, Watson has been trained on the language of cyber security and has studied more than one million security documents.

Watson for Cyber Security will be integrated into IBM’s new Cognitive SOC platform, which puts cognitive technologies into the hands of security analysts, improving their ability to fill gaps in intelligence.

The integrated solution now help respond to threats across endpoint, network, users and cloud.

The company noted that the platform’s key element is IBM Qradar Advisor with Watson, which combines the cognitive capabilities of Watson and the QRadar Security Analytics Platform to identify hidden threats and automate insights.

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More than 40 companies, including Avnet, the University of New Brunswick, and Sopra Steria are currently using IBM QRadar Advisor with Watson.

IBM Security vice president of development and technology Denis Kennelly said: “The Cognitive SOC is now a reality for clients looking to find an advantage against the growing legions of cybercriminals and next generation threats.

“Our investments in Watson for Cybersecurity have given birth to several innovationsIBM Watson in just under a year. Combining the unique abilities of man and machine intelligence will be critical to the next stage in the fight against advanced cybercrime.”

IBM Security has also unveiled a new endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution to expand the ability of the Cognitive SOC to endpoints.

The solution, dubbed IBM BigFix Detect, helps organisations gain full visibility into the constantly varying endpoint threat landscape. It bridges the gap between malicious behavior detection and remediation.

IBM has also invested in research to bring cognitive tools into its global X-Force Command Center network, including a Watson-powered chatbot currently being used to interact with IBM Managed Security Services customers.

The company has launched a new research project, Havyn, a voice-powered security assistant that uses Watson conversation technology for responding to verbal commands and natural language from security analysts.

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