IBM’S WATSON SUPERCOMPUTER TAKES ON SECURITY.
IBM is leveraging the power of its Watson supercomputer to thwart viruses, ransomware and DDoS attacks. On Tuesday it unveiled an ambitious plan to feed Watson billions of data points from security sources daily so that Watson can spot anomalies as they happen and stop them dead in their tracks before they can cause any harm.
Called Watson for Cyber Security, IBM says the service is about year off from being rolled out in beta form to select customers. It will be cloud-based and leverage Watson’s “cognitive technology.” But first, IBM says, it will need to be trained to better understand structured and unstructured security data.
“Watson, like anyone new to security, needs to learn what the differences between malware, ransomware, Trojans, viruses, scripting vulnerabilities and so much more are,” said Caleb Barlow, vice president, IBM Security.
Next, IBM will leverage the power of Watson’s cognitive engine to sift through unstructured and structured data to spot trends, identify new risks and forecast attacks, Barlow said. He estimates 80 percent of all data on the internet is unstructured and could be valuable to security professionals.