Amazon Applies Its AI Tools to Cyber Security

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Amazon.com, Inc. has been making quite a push into the field of artificial intelligence (AI). You are no doubt familiar with the most public example of this effort — Alexa, its voice-activated digital assistant, which controls the Echo smart speaker and Echo Dot, which were top sellers on Amazon’s website over the holidays.

Those familiar with Amazon Web Services (AWS), an industry leader in cloud computing, may also be aware of the AI-based tools the company has recently made available to AWS customers: Rekognition for building image recognition apps; Polly for translating text to speech; and Lex, to build conversational bots.

AI-based cloud security

What you may not know is that Amazon is adding cyber-security to its AI resume. TechCrunch is reporting that Amazon has acquired AI-based cyber-security company Harvest.ai. According to its website, Harvest.ai uses AI-based algorithms to identify the most important documents and intellectual property of a business, then combines user behavior analytics with data loss prevention techniques to protect them from cyber attacks. Harvest.ai already had ties to Amazon, as a customer who was featured in an AWS Startup Spotlight article, which focuses on innovative and disruptive young companies. Harvest.ai boasts former members of the National Security Agency (NSA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Defense (DoD), as well as former employees of Websense and FireEye, Inc.

(I always feel like) somebody’s watching me…

Harvest.ai’s flagship product, MACIE, monitors a company’s network in near real-time to identify when a suspicious user accesses unauthorized documents. Its target market was “Fortune 1000 organizations that were migrating to cloud-based platforms.” Amazon has a Who’s Who of big name companies as customers, so it seems like a natural fit for the company. If it decides to deploy MACIE to its cloud, it adds to the suite of hosting products available for its customers. Amazon already offers its Amazon Inspector, which it defines as an “automated security assessment service to help improve the security and compliance of applications deployed on AWS.” Harvest.ai would take that to the next level.

Read the source article at The Motley Fool.