• A Tweet to England
    The Six Nations is here

    Author: Cheryl Clarke, IBM UK Brand Systems & Advertising

    IBM are more than just the provider of match analytics for England Rugby. Yes, we’re probably best known for the IBM TryTracker tool, which fans use to enhance their insight and enjoyment of the game. However, we have a genuine passion for the game, just as the fans in the stands do. To mark England winning the 2017 RBS 6 Nations and their undefeated 18 match run, we set out to pen a poem fit for Champions written by IBM and the fans. But how did we approach such a mammoth task…




    This poem has been a collaboration between man and machine; Watson and occasional poet Olly. England fans have had a great deal to feel excited and proud about throughout the 2017 RBS 6 Nations Championships and this is very apparent across social media; there were a plethora of tweets relating to the 6 Nations and England’s performance. In order to find the most emotive tweets we used the Insights for Twitter service to pull back tweets matching a list of hashtags and phrases such as #IREvENG. We then used the Watson Alchemy Language API to assess the sentiment in each message. These were stored in a Cloudant database where we could query for them. Our resident poet was then able to sort through the shortlist of tweets to find those that best captured the drama and emotion of each England game. Insights for Twitter, Alchemy and Cloudant are all Bluemix services.

    You may not have expected Watson, Rugby and Poetry to cohabit but the end result is a champion of a poem.

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  • Collaboration will Beat the Fraudsters! – Highlights from IBM Security Leaders Day at BusinessConnect 2015

    A flashing blue and red room, a skills gap the size of the grand canyon and how to be a fraudster; just a few of the items on the agenda at today’s IBM Security Leaders BusinessConnect 2015 – the first in what will be a series of thought-provoking events aimed at tackling current issues and emerging trends in business. Security professionals from all industries were invited to join the discussion around how they can work together to stay secure and keep their organisation out of the headlines.

    As well as an agenda packed with cyber security leaders, we were joined by Charlie McMurdie – former head of the central e-crime centre at The Metropolitan Police – and actor, writer and stage magician Alexis Conran – best know for his role in the BBC series The Real Hustle. After a fantastic panel discussion to start the event off, the theme of the day became very clear – for security leaders to stay ahead of the game, they need to collaborate. McMurdie’s session continued with just this theme, using her career experiences tracking down hackers to reinforce the point that collaborative learning is key to stopping the bad guys.

    “Everyone in the organisation is responsible for cyber security, not just the Security team”

    During the break out sessions, attendees had the opportunity to visit the IBM Security Operations Centre (SOC) and take part in two round tables, to discuss and comment on the Dark Web and Security & Innovation. Each of the sessions taking a very different approach; at one they showed how easy it was to hack someone’s mobile phone!

    Daniel MallinsonThe finale of the day was Alexis Conran – actor, writer and star of the Real Hustle, who has been showing people scams and fraudulent tricks for years. He took us through five key principals that you can spot in any fraudulent situation, educating our audience on being a fraudster, and how to avoid being bamboozled. Fraud can happen to anyone, it’s the confidence that tricks people into thinking the con man is genuine – that’s the point!

    A fantastic day of networking and ideas – and it was consistently clear throughout that collaboration is the driving force behind stopping the fraudsters – “One problem we have in our industry”, Conran pointed out, “is we don’t talk to each other about scams.” The more threat intelligence our security peers and networks have, the more threats and attacks companies can avoid. As we know from ever increasing news reports, security is key for every company, no matter which industry or profession they’re in.

    So how can IBM help your organisation collaborate better on cyber security? Check out IBM X-Force Exchange – a threat intelligence sharing platform that you can use to research security threats, to aggregate intelligence, and to collaborate with peers. For those who would like to know even more, you can also read the new IBM study, ‘CISO insights on moving from comopliance to risk-based programs’ below.

    Read the study