Tech Mahindra, Balbix unveil world’s first AI-powered predictive cyber risk platform
Leading digital transformation specialist and engineering solutions company Tech Mahindra has launch a new AI-powered cybersecurity platform in partnership with Silicon Valley-based Balbix.
Described as the security industry’s first ‘AI-powered continuous threat assessment and prioritised actionable risk intelligence platform’ the intelligence security operations center (iSOC) is able to predict and avoid cyber breaches proactively.
iSOC monitors IT networks, looking at hundreds of different risk variables in order to be able to, in turn, take appropriate mitigation steps.
“By leveraging the combination of Balbix’s AI-powered breach avoidance platform, and the expertise of our skilled SOC analysts, we have developed a highly intelligent SOC-as-a-service offering that is able to proactively control cyber-breaches across 200+ attack dimensions,” said Rajiv Singh, Global Head of Enterprise Security & Risk Management at Tech Mahindra.
“This is a big step forward towards an integrated approach to security and risk management – an aspect that is sweeping across every enterprise today, given the massive increase in the incidence of data breaches.”
With cybercrime continuing to evolve and threaten businesses more than ever before, the iSOC platform from Tech Mahindra and Balbix will change cybersecurity thinking from being reactive to proactive, empowering security teams globally.
“Balbix and Tech Mahindra’s partnership is aimed at catering to the growing needs of customers to combat the rampantly increasing number of cyber threats,” said Gaurav Banga, CEO and founder of Balbix.
“To enable this, Balbix is committed to working with Tech Mahindra in building the industry’s most effective SOC – one that uses advanced AI to empower security experts.”
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.