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SIX leverages IBM Watson for cognitive Security Operations Centre

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IBM Security and SIX, the operator of the infrastructure underpinning the Swiss financial sector, are planning to leverage IBM Watson for Cyber Security in a new cognitive Security Operations Centre (SOC).

The new facility will be housed at SIX’s offices in Switzerland to provide localised cyber security services tailored to needs of the region.
 
As part of a new partnership, the SIX SOC powered by IBM will give clients access to the latest IBM cognitive security tools used to fight cybercrime. The centrepiece of the new SOC will be IBM Watson for Cyber Security, the industry’s first cognitive security technology. Watson has been trained on the language of cyber security, ingesting over one million security documents, helping security analysts parse thousands of natural language research reports that have never before been accessible to modern security tools.
 
SIX will now be able to offer advanced security services to its existing financial industry customers, using the IBM Security capabilities as important building blocks for the offering. The project will add new capabilities to a traditional SOC infrastructure as well as develop a new, highly collaborative IBM – SIX framework for the multi-tenant, next generation SOC.
 
SIX will be enabled by IBM Security to take full control of cyber security protection for clients by tapping into world-renowned IBM X-Force threat intelligence research. 
 
The new Cognitive SOC services will be extended to customers of both companies. The services will be initially offered to banking industry customers who need security, regulatory, compliance and audit capabilities located in the region to ensure adherence to existing or future Swiss data privacy and data protection legislation – regulating what can be exchanged, by whom and how, as well as financial market regulations.
 
SIX and IBM will jointly develop a roadmap that defines the evolution of the “New Generation of Security Operations Centre”. To ensure the SOC and associated security services are operational as soon as possible, the roadmap includes the joint development of the first basic building blocks of the new targeted platform and the required governance for running this long-term strategic cooperation successfully.
 
“Digitisation, Internet of Things, global connectivity and the integration of new disruptive technologies are some megatrends opening a lot of new business opportunities. However, they also bring new threats with possible high impact on the industry. We operate the infrastructure of the Swiss financial market. IBM as leading company in Security Operations and Response was the logical partner for us and the perfect match for our requirements to build and operate our SIX Security Operations Centre which will go beyond today’s off-the-shelf cyber security standards – therefore defining the next generation of the Swiss financial market,” says Robert Bornträger (pictured), division CEO, SIX Global IT.
 
“This partnership with SIX is a major step in Switzerland for IBM as a company, and its security business in particular,” says Thomas Landolt, country general manager, IBM Switzerland. “IBM has a proud tradition of excellence providing the world’s top financial services companies with essential technologies. We’re looking forward to both helping SIX manage its own cyber security needs, and also becoming an essential partner starting with the globally respected Swiss banking market to those other organisations who need regionally based and Swiss market compliant security services.” 

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