Google parent Alphabet has launched a new cyber security start-up to help companies predict and deflect attacks before they happen.

The US company’s “moonshot factory” X unveiled Chronicle on Wednesday (24 January), saying it is the result of a cyber security project it had begun working on in 2016.

It will look to combine machine learning, large amounts of computing power and large amounts of storage to shrink the time between when an attack starts and when it’s discovered.

Writing in a blog post, X Chief Executive Astro Teller said the goal was to create a “digital immune system”, although he admitted this was “several years away”.

“The information that security teams need to identify and investigate attacks is right there in an organisation’s existing security tools and IT systems, but it’s hidden in enormous volumes of data and therefore can’t easily be seen, understood, or used,” Teller said.

Chronicle is now ready to start “developing its own direct relationships with enterprises”, the CEO added.

The launch of Chronicle brings another new challenger to those telcos looking build on the success they have had in selling cyber security services to businesses.

Orange Business Services, for example, saw revenues from security services rise by 15 percent, 27 percent and 17 percent in the first three quarters of 2017.

However, a cyber security report published by Vodafone in September noted that criminals will “continue to out-think, out-innovate and out-invest traditional models of cyber defence”.

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