Hackers beware, IBM puts Watson AI on cybersecurity case

Dive Brief:

  • IBM announced Watson for Cyber Security, which will leverage Watson’s artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to help companies improve cybersecurity efforts and make suggestions on the best response, according to Forbes.
  • According to IBM's press release, Watson has been trained on the language of cybersecurity over the last year. "Watson can now help security analysts parse thousands of natural language research reports that have never before been accessible to modern security tools."
  • IBM said 50 of its customers have already been testing the new software. 

Dive Insight:

Mark van Zadelhoff, general manager of IBM Security, said Watson for Cyber Security will allow businesses to improve their accuracy in identifying potential security threats.

IBM has been looking to build its cognitive computing, cloud and IoT businesses and shift away from older business platforms. The company recently reported its 19th straight quarter of declining revenue, though its strategic technologies performed well. The company is hoping Watson – a well-recognized name — will be a key part of new business initiatives. The company has been busy tying tech into all kinds of initiatives. Last October, IBM announced new Watson-based solutions intended for professionals in marketing, commerce, supply chain and human resources. At the time, IBM's Chief Executive Virginia Rometty said Watson is on track to be used in by a billion people by the end of 2017.

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