IBM Watson for Cybersecurity Inches from Research to Reality
Robert Hackett | December 06, 2016
When researchers first began teaching IBM Watson about cybersecurity, the machine learning service concluded that "ransomware," malicious software that holds victims' computer files for ransom, was a city. After months of refining (and geographical correction), IBM's artificially intelligent computer system is ready to graduate to the next level of its training regimen. Forty organizations are preparing to fire up a "beta" version of the technology within their own IT environments, the company said Tuesday. Partners for the latest program include a number of companies, such as Sun Life Financial (SLF, +0.76%), SCANA Corporation (SCG, -0.45%), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMFG, +0.26%), Avnet (AVT, -0.77%), and Smarttech, as well as several universities, such as University of Rochester Medical Center, California Polytechnic State University, and University of New Brunswick.