IBM Security enhances capabilities using machine learning
IBM’s security business has unveiled new tools that it has developed using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) that will be used to better enable its clients to protect and defend against cyberattacks.
One feature of this is the company’s new IBM X-Force Threat Management Services that use a unique AI engine to automate cybersecurity management. This platform calls on 600,000 historic incidents of cybercrime, then automating common steps to proactively prevent against cyberattacks without the need for human intervention.
“The collaboration between humans and intelligent machines is going to affect every industry,” said Marc van Zadelhoff, General Manager, IBM Security. “In security, we see this manifesting itself first in the security operations centre where the data only keeps growing.”
Further, IBM has also newly launched its Resilient Incident Response Platform with Intelligent Orchestration – an offering that vastly improves incident response by automating hundreds of repetitive and complicated actions without the need for human intelligence.
By reducing the complexities of these processes, the Platform allows businesses to implement advanced cybersecurity networks without needing to extensively understand the technicalities.
“Companies have an opportunity with breakthroughs like AI for active threat management and Intelligent Orchestration to rewire incident response procedures for the age of intelligence,” Zadelhoff continued.
To see what else IBM is working on, check out the exclusive Q&A with Bart Van den Daele, General Manager of Global Services for IBM Europe, from Gigabit Magazine.
Discord buys Sentropy to fight against hate and abuse online
Discord, a popular chat app, has acquired the software company Sentropy to bolster its efforts to combat online abuse and harassment. Sentropy, monitors online networks for abuse and harassment, then offers users a way to block problematic people and filter out messages they don’t want to see.
First launched in 2015 and currently boasting 150 million monthly active users, Discord plans to integrate Sentropy’s own products into its existing toolkit and the company will also bring the smaller company’s leadership group aboard. Discord currently uses a “multilevel” approach to moderation, and a Trust and Safety (T&S) team dedicated to protecting users and shaping content moderation policies comprised 15% of Discord’s workforce as of May 2020.
“T&S tech and processes should not be used as a competitive advantage,” Sentropy CEO John Redgrave said in a blog post on the announcement. “We all deserve digital and physical safety, and moderators deserve better tooling to help them do one of the hardest jobs online more effectively and with fewer harmful impacts.”
Cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse
Redgrave elaborated on the company’s natural connection with Discord: “Discord represents the next generation of social companies — a generation where users are not the product to be sold, but the engine of connectivity, creativity, and growth. In this model, user privacy and user safety are essential product features, not an afterthought. The success of this model depends upon building next-generation Trust and Safety into every product. We don’t take this responsibility lightly and are humbled to work at the scale of Discord and with Discord’s resources to increase the depth of our impact.”
Sentropy launched out of stealth last summer with an AI system designed to detect, track and cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse. The company emerged then with $13 million in funding from notable backers including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and his VC firm Initialized Capital, King River Capital, Horizons Ventures and Playground Global.
“We are excited to help Discord decide how we can most effectively share with the rest of the Internet the best practices, technology, and tools that we’ve developed to protect our own communities,” Redgrave said.