IBM powers Watson to fight cyber crime

Watson for Cyber Security will be integrated into IBM’s new Cognitive SOC platform, bringing together advanced cognitive technologies with security operations


Watson, is a product of machine learning, natural language processing, and statistical analysis. Photo: AFP
Watson, is a product of machine learning, natural language processing, and statistical analysis. Photo: AFP

New Delhi: Watson, IBM’s cognitive computing platform, is now all set to fight cyber crime. It will be the information technology industry’s first augmented intelligence technology designed to power cognitive security operations centres (SOCs), according to the company.

Watson, is a product of machine learning, natural language processing, and statistical analysis and IBM has been pushing Watson into tackling real world problems such as cancer diagnosis/treatment, traffic accident prevention, and tax reporting.

Over the past year, Watson has been trained on the language of cyber security, ingesting over 1 million security documents which means that Watson can now help security analysts parse thousands of natural language research reports that have never before been accessible to modern security tools.

According to IBM research, security teams sift through more than 200,000 security events per day on average, leading to over 20,000 hours per year wasted chasing false positives.The need to introduce cognitive technologies into security operations centres will be critical to keep up with the anticipated doubling of security incidents over the next five years and increased regulation not only globally, but also in India.

“Information security assumes paramount importance around the schemes such as Make in India, Digital India and Skill India. The rapid digitization of the country is bound to throw up additional challenges hitherto unseen and will need solutions which can analyze, detect, predict and prevent security threats including emerging ones. The ‘Make in India’ initiative is driving global organizations to set up manufacturing bases in the country and while they bring in global best practices, the IP brought in and the IP to be generated within country needs to have best of the class protection. Cyber Security skill, which is part of the third initiative, Skill India, needs to have augmented high end skills complementing the workforce coming out of this scheme for better threat protection.This calls for the paradigm shift in Cybersecurity, i.e. Cognitive Security. IBM Watson for Cybersecurity is that ‘shift’ that will bring together advanced cognitive technologies with security operations and provide the ability to respond to threats across endpoints, networks, users and cloud,” said Vaidyanathan Iyer, IBM Security, India.

According to the company, Watson for Cyber Security will be integrated into IBM’s new Cognitive SOC platform, bringing together advanced cognitive technologies with security operations and providing the ability to respond to threats across endpoints, networks, users and cloud.

The centrepiece of this platform is IBM QRadar Advisor with Watson, the first tool that taps into Watson’s corpus of cybersecurity insights. This new app is already being used by customers globally to augment security analysts’ investigations into security incidents.

IBM has also invested in research to bring cognitive tools into its global network, including a Watson-powered chatbot currently being used to interact with IBM managed security services customers.

Besides there is also a new research project, code-named Havyn, pioneering a voice-powered security assistant that leverages Watson conversation technology to respond to verbal commands and natural language from security analysts.

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