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Canadian universities to help IBM Watson tackle cybercrime


May 10, 2016  


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IBM Security today announced Watson for Cyber Security, a new cloud-based version of the company’s cognitive technology trained on the language of security as part of a year-long research project. IBM also said it plans to collaborate with eight universities including three from Canada to “greatly expand the collection of security data IBM has trained the cognitive system with.

“Training Watson for Cyber Security is a critical step in the advancement of cognitive security,” the firm said in a release. “Watson is learning the nuances of security research findings and discovering patterns and evidence of hidden cyber attacks and threats that could otherwise be missed.

Starting this fall, IBM will work with leading universities and their students to further train Watson on the language of cybersecurity, including:  the University of New Brunswick; the University of Ottawa, the University of Waterloo, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Pennsylvania State University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; New York University; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Students will help train Watson on the language of cybersecurity, initially working to help build Watson’s corpus of knowledge by annotating and feeding the system security reports and data.

IBM said it intends to begin beta production deployments that take advantage of IBM Watson for Cyber Security later this year.

IBM’s X-Force research library will be a central part of the materials fed to Watson for Cyber Security. This body of knowledge includes 20 years of security research, details on 8 million spam and phishing attacks and over 100,000 documented vulnerabilities.