Alphabet Launches Another Moonshot Cybersecurity Firm Chronicle
Stay on target Google parent company Alphabet this week launched a new cybersecurity firm.Chronicle, an independent business dedicated to helping organizations prevent cyber attacks, has graduated from the X moonshot factory to full-fledged startup.Split into two segments, the business offers cybersecurity intelligence and analytics platform, as well as VirusTotal, a malware intelligence service acquired by Google in 2012.The world was captivated Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election. But cybersecurity isn’t just an issue for the 1 percent: attacks, hacks, breaches, and leaks impact billions of people around the world. Don’t believe me? Just look at Wired‘s list of the worst hacks of 2017.“Solving the problem isn’t simply a question of time and trusting that we’ll catch up eventually,” according to X’s Captain of Moonshots Astro Teller. “We have to start fresh and look at the problem from new angles.”Enter Chronicle.Officially founded as an X project in February 2016 by Stephen Gillett, Mike Wiacek and Shapor Naghibzadeh (former members of Google’s security team), and Bernardo Quintero (creator of VirusTotal), the new company aims to predict and deflect cyber attacks before they occur.The general idea, as described by Gillett, is to eliminate business’s blind spots and boost their security picture to high-def.By tapping into Alphabet’s existing (and highly scalable) infrastructure, Chronicle can hit the ground running: assisting clients in the search and retrieval of information and running analysis in minutes, rather than hours or days.The firm also promises “far greater amounts” of storage “for far lower cost” than most existing options.“Providing better capabilities for finding the patterns in that data might not sound like much, but shrinking the time between when an attack starts and when it’s discovered (from a few months to a few hours or days) could reduce a lot of damage,” Teller said.It may also uncover other technologies that can help “turn the tide against a widening array of vulnerabilities and attackers.”“We hope that by making this mix of technologies available to more companies at affordable prices, we can give ‘the good guys’ an advantage and help us all turn the tide against cybercrime,” Gillett said. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.