Alphabet – the parent company of Google – is now in the business of cybersecurity. It has launched an independent entity called Chronicle under the Alphabet umbrella that’s going to help companies, track, find, and stop cyberattacks. Chronicle is divided into two branches. One develops the cybersecurity and analytics platform that will help companies better manage and understand their security-related data and the other is VirusTotal. It’s a malware intelligence service that Google acquired in 2012. It will continue to operate as it has for the past few years.
Chronicle was actually founded as a project in Google’s X labs back in February 2016. It’s now been launched as an independent company as part of Alphabet. It’s going to have its own contracts and data policies with customers.
The Chronicle team says that it wants to “10x the speed and impact” of the work that security teams do in order to keep their data and their systems secure. It wants to make it easier, faster, and more cost-effective for them to capture and analyze security signals that have previously been too difficult and too expensive to find.
This new company has a significant asset. It’s going to run its platform on the same powerful and highly-scalable infrastructure that powers a variety of other Alphabet services that need a lot of processing power and storage. Couple that with some machine learning and better search capabilities. and Chronicle believes that it will be able to help companies see their full security picture “in much higher fidelity” than currently possible.