IBM Security (IBM) recently declared the availability of Watson for Cyber Security, the industry’s first augmented intelligence technology designed to power cognitive security operations centers (SOCs). Over the past year, Watson has been trained on the language of cybersecurity, ingesting over 1 million security documents. Watson can now assist security analysts parse thousands of natural language research reports that have never before been accessible to modern security tools.
According to IBM research, security teams sift through more than 200,000 security events per day on average, leading to over 20,000 hours per year wasted chasing false positives.1 The need to introduce cognitive technologies into security operations centers will be critical to keep up with the anticipated doubling of security incidents over the next five years and raised regulation globally.
Watson for Cyber Security will be integrated into IBM’s new Cognitive SOC platform, bringing together advanced cognitive technologies with security operations and providing the ability to respond to threats across endpoints, networks, users and cloud. The centerpiece of this platform is IBM QRadar Advisor with Watson, the first tool that taps into Watson’s corpus of cybersecurity insights. This new app is already being used by Avnet, University of New Brunswick, Sopra Steria and 40 other customers globally to augment security analysts’ investigations into security incidents.
IBM has also invested in research to bring cognitive tools into its global X-Force Command Center network, counting a Watson-powered chatbot presently being used to interact with IBM Managed Security Services customers. IBM also revealed a new research project, code-named Havyn, pioneering a voice-powered security assistant that leverages Watson conversation technology to respond to verbal commands and natural language from security analysts.
“Recently’s sophisticated cybersecurity threats attack on multiple fronts to conceal their activities, and our security analysts face the difficult task of pinpointing these attacks amongst a massive sea of security-related data,” said Sean Valcamp, Chief Information Security Officer at Avnet. “Watson makes concealment efforts more difficult by quickly analyzing multiple streams of data and comparing them with the most recent security attack intelligence to provide a more complete picture of the threat. Watson also generates reports on these threats in a matter of minutes, which greatly speeds the time between detecting a potential event and my security team’s ability to respond accordingly.”
Tangoe Inc (TNGO) declared the appointment of Dhesi Ananchaperumal as Executive Vice President Engineering. He brings two decades of experience in technology and business leadership roles at companies such as Dell EMC and CA Technologies (formerly Computer Associates). Dhesi will report directly to CEO Jim Foy and head Tangoe’s Engineering and Research and Development organization of more than 500 employees worldwide.
Before joining Tangoe, Dhesi was the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Product Administration at Dell EMC where he led the converged and hyperconverged infrastructure products at EMC Converged Platforms and Solutions Division. In this role he directed the global product team which included software, hardware, product administration, architecture and logical build professionals responsible for the quality and on time delivery of solutions to clients.
“Dhesi will play a key role in shaping Tangoe’s technology strategy and engineering efforts to deliver on our mission to optimize the way companies manage their IT assets,” said Jim Foy, CEO, Tangoe. “We are excited to have Dhesi join the team and are confident his wealth of experience across technology sectors will be invaluable to accelerating the adoption of our IT Expense Administration solutions. We look forward to Dhesi assisting to deliver outstanding value to our clients and partners, now and into the future.”
“It is an honor to join Tangoe, especially at a time when clients are moving from just managing expenses to fundamentally changing the way they manage their IT assets for greater efficiencies and business growth,” said Ananchaperumal. “Tangoe’s team, intellectual property, and future for growth in emerging technologies such as mobility, cloud, and IoT eventually played a huge role in my decision to join the company.”
An industry veteran with expertise in IT Infrastructure, data center administration and energy administration, Dhesi holds five U.S. patents with nine pending approval, has numerous published articles and is a frequent speaker at IT conferences. He was awarded the designation of Distinguished Engineer (DE) by CA Technologies and was also inducted a member of the CA Council for Technical Excellence. Dhesi earned Master of Science degrees in Electronics Design and Technology in addition to Computer Science from Centre for Electronics Design Technology and Marathwada University.