IBM Security CTO Details How Cyber-Security Fits Into IBM Portfolio

Some companies have a single CTO, but IBM isn't just any company. IBM has multiple CTOs spread across its' organizational chart. Among them is Sridhar Muppidi who serves as VP and CTO IBM Security.

In a video interview with eWEEK, Muppidi discusses what the role of CTO entails at IBM Security. He also provides insight into how cyber-security is viewed across IBM and what IBM Security specifically is tasked with accomplishing.

"IBM Security is a division that is focuses on keeping the bad guys out and good guys in, it's as simple as that," Muppidi said.

Muppidi added that IBM Security is also tasked with understanding different threats and the risks they present to organizations. The other component of IBM Security is working to help enable business transformation to take place.

While security can be a standalone product and it can also be a feature inside of a product, in Muppidi's view, security is really about more than being either a product or a feature.

"It's a discipline," Muppidi said about security. "It's a discipline that can be morphed into a program, a set of practises, solutions and products."

Artificial Intelligence

IBM Security has been spending an increasing amount of time looking at Artificial Intelligence in recent months and the company discussed new adversarial AI research at the recent RSA Conference event. 

Muppidi said that there are a number of things that can be done to help improve the security of AI. Having trusted data sources is a core foundation for having a secure AI model, according to Muppidi. He added that having a model that is constantly being trained is another key to success for AI, as is having a model that resilient to noise and tampering.

Watch the full video interview with with Dr. Sridhar Muppidi, IBM Fellow, vice president and CTO IBM Security above.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.