We’re just under an hour away from the start of this year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco and we already have our first big announcement. American multinational tech company IBM has announced the availability of Watson for Cyber Security, an augmented intelligence technology designed to power cognitive security operations centers (SOCs).
In a press release circulated earlier today, IBM said Watson had spent over a year being trained on the language of cybersecurity and ingested over 1 million security documents. The aim is for Watson to help cut down on the tens of thousands of hours that analysts currently spend sifting through security reports.
In-field testing has already been carried out in 40 organizations across the word, including Avnet at the University of New Brunswick. Sean Valcamp, CISO at Avnet, spoke about the impact the technology has had on their business.
"Today's sophisticated cybersecurity threats attack on multiple fronts to conceal their activities, and our security analysts face the difficult task of pinpointing these attacks amongst a massive sea of security-related data," Valcamp said. "Watson makes concealment efforts more difficult by quickly analysing multiple streams of data and comparing it with the latest security attack intelligence to provide a more complete picture of the threat."
Security teams are faced with more than 200,000 cyber incidents per day on average, according to IBM research. They say the need to introduce cognitive technologies into security operations centers will be critical to keep up with the anticipated doubling of security incidents over the next five years and increased regulation globally.
The platform comes with an IBM QRadar Advisor with Watson app, which will help security analysts in their investigations of potential threats by correlating Watson's natural language processing capabilities across security blogs, websites, research papers and other sources. IBM say this could shorten investigation from weeks to minutes.
"The Cognitive SOC is now a reality for clients looking to find an advantage against the growing legions of cybercriminals and next generation threats," said Denis Kennelly, Vice President of Development and Technology, IBM Security. "Our investments in Watson for Cyber Security have given birth to several innovations 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 cyber crime."
IBM is also announcing a new endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution called IBM BigFix Detect. BigFix Detect integrates attack detection with the broadest set of remediation capabilities into a single endpoint security platform.
There has been a surge in demand for cognitive computing technology across North America and Europe, with the market size expected to reach $49.36 billion by 2025.
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