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MIT Students, Others Teaching IBM Watson About Cybersecurity (Tech Republic)

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Mark 2016 as the year that researchers applied artificial intelligence (AI) to the challenges of cybersecurity. If machines can steer our cars and predict our shopping habits, then why not watch over our networks and servers too?

IBM in May 2016 announced Watson for Cyber Security, in which the IT behemoth began teaching its pattern-recognition supercomputer to learn the difference between safe and risky data. That could ease the burden on overworked cybersecurity professionals, IBM hopes.

Several universities involved with that project began having students train the system within the past several weeks, explained IBM Watson‘s Jeb Linton, chief security architect.