NewsMarch 15, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Meet Havyn, the Voice of the Cognitive Security Operations Center (SOC)

As IBM prepares the world’s enterprises for the cognitive era, we are all being challenged to transform our industry’s approach to technology.

Ginni Rometty, IBM’s CEO, knows that “this era will redefine the relationship between man and machine.” We have seen these shifts in the daily lives of consumers — just think about smartphones, Siri, Alexa and all the new devices moving into our homes. Similar shifts are occurring in professional settings, with IBM Watson Health providing remarkable outcomes and literally saving lives as just one example.

Havyn: Next Stop on the Cognitive Security Journey

Since cybersecurity professionals are in such short supply, IBM Security is enlisting the help of Watson and cognitive computing to empower our clients and security analysts. Our first movement along this journey, unveiled in early 2016, was Watson for Cyber Security. In February 2017, we introduced the world to the Cognitive Security Operations Center (SOC), which runs on the world’s most advanced security operations and response platform.

Now, we’d like you to meet Havyn. Havyn’s initial design will change the way an IBM Managed Security Services (MSS) client engages with IBM X-Force Command Center personnel. Havyn provides information about the threat landscape and potential security incidents to our clients on demand — all they have to do is ask. It will monitor the status of alerts and offenses and follow them through the analysis process so clients are always abreast of changes and can more easily see the activity occurring on their behalf within the IBM X-Force Command Center.

Register now for IBM InterConnect 2017 to see (and hear!) Havyn in action

Nurturing the Next Generation of Workers

Havyn is also an aide to IBM’s threat monitoring analysts who serve thousands of clients around the world. It understands each client, delivers the most relevant information about the client’s network and preferences to our analysts, and makes recommendations based on these and other observations. One of the biggest benefits of cognitive technology is its ability to consume massive amounts of structured and unstructured data presented in natural language and to rapidly retrieve the relevant pieces when needed.

As you might be able to tell, Havyn is being designed with the next generation of technologists in mind — a group IBM has dubbed as the “new collar.” With Havyn as a cognitive-powered digital assistant, this new workforce will be assisted by technology that helps them learn, scale and execute in the increasingly complex world of cybersecurity.

Havyn is currently in closed beta testing with IBM MSS threat analysts and select MSS clients, with broader availability dates to be announced.

Learn More at IBM InterConnect 2017

For more information about how cognitive technology is revolutionizing the way analysts detect and respond to threats in the SOC, you can attend the following sessions at IBM InterConnect 2017:

  • “Havyn: Giving a Voice to the Cognitive SOC”
    • Monday, 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m., Jasmine G, Session ID: 4585A
  • “How IBM Security Will Become the Cognitive Managed Security Service Provider” [Note: A nondisclosure agreement (NDA) is required to attend this session.]
    • Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Coral C, Session ID: 7292A
    • Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Coral C, Session ID: 7292B

Read the white paper: Selecting a managed security services provider in the cognitive era

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Crystal Moody

Product Manager, Security Intelligence

Crystal has spent the past decade fostering innovation and new product development, focused on solving market problems in information security and cloud computing. Crystal is currently a product manager focused on Security Intelligence for IBM Security Services. Prior to joining IBM, Crystal spent several years with Dell as a product manager for Incident Response and Security Consulting. Crystal holds a masters degree in Economics from Georgia State University.