Looks Like Cybersecurity Just Received its First Super Hero – Watson

IBM has always been at the forefront in the computing world. Now they are taking Watson, their artificial intelligence platform, into the world of cybersecurity. Watson is a cloud-based version of their cognitive computing software. Watson has perfected his skills in many different arenas such as being a physician’s assistant, cancer researcher, fitness coach, financial analyst, and even a trivia master.

Watson is now being programmed to identify digital threats that human analysts might miss. IBM’s researchers have inputed more than two decades worth of security research into Watson. These include information on various malwares and viruses, spam and phishing attacks, and network vulnerabilities. They also uploaded the possible solutions they came up with for them so that Watson could figure out where they went wrong or if they were on the right path. Next up is for Watson to work through 15,000 digital security documents every month just to keep up-t0-date on the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape.

Eight universities in both the U.S. and Canada have partnered up with the Watson team at IBM. They include:

  • California State Polytechnic University Pomona
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • New York University
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • University of New Brunswick
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Waterloo
  • Pennsylvania State University

That is an impressive list of some of the top tech universities in two countries! Watson’s cybersecurity program also will look through blogs, videos, articles, reports, and research papers. There have not been enough man hours available to read through all this data. Watson isn’t being used to replace human analysts, but rather IBM wants to use Watson as a cybersecurity consultant that searches through research and security alerts faster than human operators ever could. Watson would identify the threats and then humans would prioritize them and take action against them.

Looks like cybersecurity just received its first super hero – Watson.