Alphabet Launches Cybersecurity Company Chronicle

Google parent company Alphabet has announced Chronicle, a business dedicated to improving cybersecurity.

Chronicle was born from Google X, otherwise known as “the moonshot factory” where the company aims to invent ambitious, world-changing technologies. Google X head Astro Teller wrote on Medium that “the digital world needs an ‘immune system,'” so that a company’s systems can adapt in real-time to keep companies safe.

Further details on Chronicle come from CEO Stephen Gillett, who wrote a Medium post of his own introducing the company, titled “Give Good the Advantage.” Gillett says that Chronicle will have two components — “a new cybersecurity intelligence and analytics platform that we hope can help enterprises better manage and understand their own security-related data; and VirusTotal, a malware intelligence service acquired by Google in 2012 which will continue to operate as it has for the last few years.”

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Chronicle’s intelligence and analytics platform aims to aid the work of a company’s security team by making it “much easier, faster and more cost-effective for them to capture and analyze security signals that have previously been too difficult and expensive to find,” Gillett writes.

The new company will use the same powerful infrastructure as other Alphabet projects, and Gillett says the hope is to bring “a mix of technologies available to more companies at affordable prices.”

What Will It Be?

It’s unclear what Chronicle’s efforts to thwart cybercrime will look like exactly, and any pricing is even more of an unknown at this point. Nor is Alphabet’s company the first to go down such a road — other companies offer similar cybersecurity services.

But it still seems promising that another large company with resources is getting involved in a wide-ranging effort to find larger, smarter cybersecurity solutions, as the overall problems grow and become increasingly complex.

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy is the former editor in chief of Security Baron. Before, he has worked as a freelance writer and editor at websites like Wirecutter.com and iLounge.com along with publications like the Lockport Union Sun & Journal and the Greater Niagara Newspapers. With digital and print experience under his belt, Phil has a passion for all things technology including home security, cyber security, and the smart home. His bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland College Park initially landed Phil his first job at the Beaver County Times, which has lead to over 15 years of experience as a journalist.

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