Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and SparkCognition Collaborate to Advance Cognitive Security

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Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute collaborates with AI industry leader, SparkCognition, to build next generation cybersecurity programming guide.

The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University is collaborating with industry-leading Cognitive Security Analytics company, SparkCognition, to build an automated cognitive cyber security threat remediation tool using SparkCognition’s proprietary technology and IBM Watson.

As part of the collaboration, engineers at SparkCognition will train the research team at the SEI’s CERT Division on how to use IBM Watson to catalogue and make query-able vulnerabilities on the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) list and CERT Secure Coding Rules. SparkCognition has already trained IBM Watson on a very large corpus of cybersecurity technical literature, including the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) list, OWASP literature, and many more cyber security databases.

“As software has become essential to all aspects of system capabilities and operations, there has been a dramatic increase in the significance of cybersecurity,” said Mark Sherman, Technical Director for Cyber Security Foundations at the SEI. “The CERT Division focuses its research on cybersecurity challenges in national security, homeland security, and critical infrastructure protection. We seek to develop and broadly transition new technologies, tools, and practices that enable informed trust and confidence in using information and communication technology. SparkCognition provides critical capabilities for this advanced initiative.”

SparkCognition’s technology is capable of harnessing real time infrastructure data and learning from it continuously, allowing for more accurate risk mitigation and prevention policies to intervene and avert disasters. The company’s cybersecurity centered solution analyzes structured and unstructured data and natural language sources to identify potential cyber threats. The uniqueness of the cognitive platform is resonated by the fact that it can continuously learn from data and derive automated insights to thwart any emerging issue.

“We are looking forward to working with one of the nation’s leading cybersecurity programs,” said Keith Moore, Product Manager of SparkCognition. “The company is building solutions that address cyber risk and resilience, software vulnerability, insider threat, secure coding practices, and other areas. Together, we are leading in new approaches, analysis tools, and training options to improve the practice of cybersecurity in private and public sector organizations, and we’re excited to collaborate with the SEI in pursuit of that mission.”

About SparkCognition
SparkCognition, Inc. is the world's first Cognitive Security Analytics company based in Austin, Texas. The company is successfully building and deploying a Cognitive, data-driven Analytics platform for Clouds, Devices and the Internet of Things industrial and security markets by applying patent-pending algorithms that deliver out of-band, symptom-sensitive analytics, insights, and security. SparkCognition was named the 2015 Hottest Start Up in Austin by SXSW and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, was the only US-based company to win Nokia’s 2015 Open Innovation Challenge, was a 2015 Gartner Cool Vendor, and is a 2016 Edison Award Winner. SparkCognition’s Founder and CEO, Amir Husain, is a highly awarded serial entrepreneur and prolific inventor with nearly 50 patents and applications to his name. Amir has been named the top technology entrepreneur in Austin by the Austin Business Journal, is the 2016 Austin Under 40 Award Winner for Technology and Science, and serves as an advisor to the IBM Watson Group and the University of Texas Computer Science Department. For more information on the company, its technology and team, please visit

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