Google parent company Alphabet has
Chronicle becomes the third company spun out of X and into the holding company Alphabet, joining self-driving vehicle technology company Waymo and life sciences company Verily as independent units alongside Google.
Stephen Gillett, a former Symantec
The technology is being tested at an unspecified number of Fortune 500 companies, he said.
Chronicle also houses VirusTotal, a virus-scanning tool Google acquired in 2012.
Selling cybersecurity services broadens Alphabet's expanding efforts to become a player in enterprise technology. Google is a distant rival to Amazon.com Inc in offering cloud computing infrastructure and Microsoft Corp in both cloud services and workplace productivity software, but is heavily investing to catch up as it seeks to grow revenue outside of its online advertising sales business.
"We’ll have our own contracts and data policies with our customers, while at the same time having the benefit of being able to consult the world-class experts in machine learning and cloud computing (among many other topics) that reside in other parts of Alphabet," Gillett said.
Chronicle aims to go beyond the “dozens of security tools” organizations already use, the company said, by conducting automated data analysis to reduce the time it takes to discover an incident to minutes from hours or days.
The company would seek to lower customers' data storage costs to make its technology affordable, Gillett said.
Astro Teller, head of Alphabet's X, said his team pursued cybersecurity technology after noticing that dealing with cyberattacks had become a “yeah, yeah” problem, as in “yeah, yeah, a lot of people have diabetes, there are things to manage it”.
"The reality for most companies today when it comes to cybersecurity is reactive: find and clean up the damage," Teller said in a blog post. "The real moonshot, which is still several years away, is predicting and deflecting cyber attacks before they infiltrate an organisation’s network."
Gillett, also a former Starbucks
Reporting by Paresh Dave. Editing by David Gregorio