Artificial Intelligence (think IBM’s Watson) now directed to cybersecurity

15 November 2016 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Author(s): Peter Vogel

Infoworld reported that “IBM Security is currently in the middle of a year-long research project working with eight universities to help train Watson to tackle cybercrime.”  The November 15, 2016 article entitled “How IBM’s Watson will change cybersecurity” includes a reference to IBM’s Security Intelligence comments by Diana Kelley that “We need to make sure these technologies are actually solving the problems that security professionals are facing, both today and in the future.”  Ms. Kelley’s November 3, 2016 article entitled “Cognitive Security to the Rescue? Study Predicts 3x Adoption in the Next Few Years” includes these comments:

Cognitive solutions are already seeing widespread adoption in other industries. A report last week from IDC illustrated that cognitive systems are driving $8 billion in revenue in 2016. Additionally, cognitive computing is slated to become a $47 billion industry by 2020.

Ms. Kelley cites these benefits:

Intelligence: About 40 percent of respondents believe this technology will improve detection and incident response decision-making capabilities.

Speed: 37 percent of respondents believe cognitive security solutions will significantly improve incident response time.

Accuracy: 36 percent of respondents think cognitive security will provide increased confidence to discriminate between innocuous events and true incidents.

This all makes sense, and I’m optimistic that Artificial Intelligence will help cyber security.

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