Stressing the need for more intelligence to identify and prioritize threats as a step towards ensuring greater security of information, and infrastructure, IBM has announced Cyber Security beta program by collaborating with 40 clients.
Traditionally cyber security is a field where experts deal with almost all aspects manually and as risks, threats and vulnerabilities increase, so does the workload of these experts creating bottleneck at every stage of security. IBM says artificial intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing are the answers to vows of security analysts. These technologies when employed together will enable analysts to make better, faster decisions from vast amounts of data.
Watson for Cyber Security is IBM’s way of bringing in cognitive technology into cyber security. Watson is being trained to understand the unique language of security and IBM believes that using the advanced technologies including machine learning and natural language processing Watson can help security analysts make better decisions from structured data, as well as the massive amount of unstructured data that has been dark to an organization’s defenses until now.
As many as 40 IBM clients are already working with IBM’s Watson for Cyber Security enabling it to refine its cyber security capabilities and pilot real-world use cases. By leveraging Watson in their environment, these companies are bringing in additional context to their cyber security data, with new use cases.
One such use case that IBM highlights is whether or not a particular security issue is associated with a known malware or cybercrime campaign, and if that’s the case Watson can provide background on the malware employed, vulnerabilities exploited and scope of the threat, among other insights.
Watson can also better identify suspicious behavior and provide additional context to user activity outside of the primary suspicious behavior, which can provide better guidance to whether or not an activity is malicious.
IBM highlights that more and more security professionals around the world are of the opinion that cognitive technologies will play a critical role in the war on cybercrime. While only 7 per cent of the surveyed professionals said their organizations are currently in the process of implementing cognitive security solutions, 21 per cent said they will implement these solutions over the next 2-3 years, representing a 3x increase in adoption.