Alphabet's Security Moonshot: To Boldly Go... Where Others Are Going Too

Google parent company Alphabet launches Chronicle, a business unit looking to create a digital 'immune system' against threats. Other companies are taking a similar approach.

Mitch Wagner, California Bureau Chief, Light Reading

January 26, 2018

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The industry uses the "moonshot" label to describe breakthrough technologies. In the case of Alphabet's X business unit, which is all about moonshots, that means using balloons to bring the Internet to everyone in the world, building self-driving cars, delivery drones, and harnessing geothermal energy.

With Chronicle, the latest business unit launched independently from X on Wednesday, the goal is more modest (though still pretty ambitious): Building a digital "immune system" against enterprise security threats.

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Just as the body's immune system finds potential threats by looking for anomalies that shouldn't be present, Chronicle wants to build a system that will guard against Internet threats by looking for digital anomalies. It's an approach also being tried by other companies, ranging from Cisco to at least one startup.

To find out more about what Alphabet and Chronicle are doing, and how they plan to go about it, visit our sister site, Enterprise Cloud News: Unknown Document 740024

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Mitch Wagner

California Bureau Chief, Light Reading

Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

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