IBM Watson Steps Into Real-World Cybersecurity

Watson for Cyber Security is a beta program that introduces IBM's machine learning technology to real-world security environments

Watson is done with school — for now — and is ready to try out what it has learned in the real world.

IBM has launched the Watson for Cyber Security beta program to encourage companies to include Watson in their current security environments. Starting off with such organizations as California Polytechnic State University, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and University of Rochester Medical Center, the program will grow over the next few weeks to encompass 40 companies spanning industries like banking, travel, energy, automotive, health care, insurance, and education.

For the past few months, IBM Security has been working with eight universities — California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Penn State, MIT, New York University, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, and Canada's universities of New Brunswick, Ottawa, and Waterloo -— to help teach Watson the "language of cybersecurity."

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