Artificial Intelligence

Watson teaches the SOC to think

CeBIT visitors at IBM can enter the "holy of holies" of each IT department: the security operations center, SOC. Here cyber attacks are simulated, just as they bombard thousands of companies daily and are repelled thanks to Watson. The cognitive system doesn’t just understand the natural language, but can also evaluate large amounts of data in real time, and recognize patterns and anomalies from which it can develop defense strategies.

06 Mar. 2017 Source: IBM Sponsored Post by IBM

IBM | Hall 2 | Stand A10

IBM Cyber Security X-Force Command Center Cambridge, MA (John Mottern/Feature Photo Service for IBM)
IBM Cyber Security X-Force Command Center Cambridge, MA (John Mottern/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

Curtains up on a world that usually only operates behind closed doors. This world, the Security Operations Center, SOC for short, shuns alien, prying glances.

At CeBIT, IBM guides visitors into a security center that is embedded into a virtual reality environment. The digital bastion is equipped with cognitive security solutions that show those interested how simulated cyber attacks can be identified and repelled almost in real time.

IBM makes it clear that an SOC never lets its guard down. It must be armed against attacks around the clock – not even Sundays are sacred to cyber criminals. According to an IBM analysis, on average an SOC registers more than 200,000 security-relevant events every day. Over the next five years, this number is due to double. Those who don’t focus on cognitive systems in dealing with this will have a hard time with IT security.

Always one step ahead

IBM bundles its intelligent cyber defense under the title "Watson for Cyber Security". Behind this lie systems that don’t just repel attacks and identify security gaps, but also completely immerse themselves into the world of cyber criminality. With Watson, security solutions can think like attackers, understand their motivation, and see through their line of action. In this way, dangers can be identified and defused in good time. For its security training, Watson will be steeped in the globally available security knowledge: the cognitive computer system can register and analyze up to 15,000 security documents every month. These include the reports of the IBM X-Force team, which contain the cumulative know-how of over eight million spam and phishing attacks and more than 100,000 documented system weak spots.

More than 40 customers already use Watson for their security strategy. In contrast to previous systems, Watson has mastered the natural language, which facilitates communication with IT employees. For this purpose, IBM also launched the Havyn research project, which provides the SOC with a voice. Havyn uses Watson technology to react to spoken commands and information.

After taking a look into the security center, one thing is clear: Watson is teaching the SOC to think, so that it can always be one step ahead of cyber attacks. And IT security is the foundation of digital transformation in the cognitive age. We leave the IBM stand with a secure feeling and look forward to the next visit when we will be lifting off with a quadrocopter to take a look at a world that we have been well acquainted with since childhood.

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