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Chronicle: Alphabet Introduces Enterprise Security Business Unit

The Google parent company Alphabet is introducing a new division that will offer large companies IT security as a service. According to Google, the Chronicle division can benefit from Google's powerful infrastructure and the ability to analyze and save large amounts of data quickly. Using artificial intelligence, the new area aims to detect and remedy cyber attacks in large companies faster and better than traditional methods.

Alphabet starts with the security company Chronicle, which is supposed to offer security solutions to large companies (Image: Alphabet).

This means that Google is entering an already highly competitive market very late. Established security providers like Symantec, Checkpoint or Trend Micro and younger companies like Cylance act here as well as technology groups like Cisco, IBM or HPE. Large companies in particular have to analyze huge amounts of data in order to be able to determine an attack that overwhelms the security officers in companies. As a result, successful attacks often go undetected for weeks or months.

“We believe there is a better way to do this. We want to improve the speed and efficiency of security teams by a factor of ten by making it easier, faster and cheaper to collect and evaluate security signals, ”said Stephen Gillet, CEO of the new company and former Symantec executive on a blog. "We're building our own intelligence and analytics platform to solve this problem." With this, Gillet continues, security analyzes that take hours or days today can be done in seconds or minutes.

An important area of ​​these fast analyzes will also be low storage costs, which Google users will probably also want to provide as a service. A long-term observation of all log files will make the analysis even more effective, continues Gillet.

Chronicle has been developed at X, the moonshotfactory over the past two years. Alphabet is pursuing projects such as self-driving cars or Project Loon, which aims to bring the Internet to remote regions. In addition to Chronicle, VirusTotal's technologies will continue to be offered. The company was acquired by Google in 2012.

Alphabet is still silent about the technical basics of Chronicle. The provider does not mention the number of companies that will work with the solution in the test phase.

Gillet founded the company in February 2016 together with Shapor Naghibzadeh, the former security director at Google, and Mike Wiacek. After Verily, a healthcare company and Waymo, an autonomous driving company, it is the third division to emerge from the research biotope X as an independent company under the umbrella of Alphabet.

The head of the X-moonshotfactory, Astro Teller, explains in a blog that the company's actual goal is still further in the future: "The real moon flight is to predict and fend off cyberattacks before they penetrate an organization's network."

Chronicle will act as an independent company with its own contracts and policies, but still have access to the Alphabet experts in the areas of machine learning and cloud computing. A test for a preview release of the solution is currently underway at some companies, but it is still too early to talk about the details, according to Gillet.

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