IBM’s Chief Watson Security Architect Jeb Linton demonstrating to University of Maryland Baltimore County student Lisa Mathews how to teach IBM’s Watson the language of security, Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
IBM Security announced Tuesday Watson for Cyber Security. It is a new cloud-based version of the company’s cognitive technology trained on the language of security as part of a year-long research project.
To further scale the system, IBM plans to collaborate with eight universities to expand the collection of security data IBM has trained the cognitive system with.
Training Watson for Cyber Security is a critical step in the advancement of cognitive security. Watson is learning the nuances of security research findings and discovering patterns and evidence of hidden cyber attacks and threats that could otherwise be missed.
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Starting this fall, IBM will work with leading universities and their students to further train Watson on the language of cybersecurity.
The universities are: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Pennsylvania State University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; New York University; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC); the University of New Brunswick; the University of Ottawa and the University of Waterloo.
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The announcement is part of a cognitive security project to address the looming cybersecurity skills gap.
IBM efforts are designed to improve security analysts’ capabilities using cognitive systems that automate the connections between data, emerging threats and remediation strategies.
IBM intends to begin beta production deployments that take advantage of IBM Watson for Cyber Security later this year.