Watson Joins Cybersecurity Warriors’ Ranks

IBM announced Watson for Cyber Security, a powerful new ally for organizations that want to protect their data from Net marauders.

The new offering bolsters the ability of information security pros to analyze the flood of information from the roughly 200,000 events that pour into their Security Operations Centers, or SOCs, every day. About 20 percent of that flood is comprised of structured data that can be analyzed with database tools, but as much as 80 percent of it is unstructured data such as security blogs, white papers, Twitter feeds and forum threads. It’s data that contains valuable nuggets, but finding them is difficult.

What Watson does is take all that information — structured, unstructured, as well as other information from the operations center, and put it in a cognitive system. There it can be used to help the SOC operator to triage the security events.

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