Chronicle was formed in 2016 when Stephen Gillett, former chief operating officer of security software company Symantec and then an executive in residence at Google Ventures, met Mike Wiacek and Shapor Naghibzadeh, longtime engineers on Google's security team.
"Security threats are growing faster than security teams and budgets can keep up, and there's already a huge talent shortage", the company said in the post. "We want to bring the security into what we call 'high definition'". "We want to 10x the speed and impact of security teams' work by making it much easier, faster and more cost-effective for them to capture and analyze security signals that have previously been too hard and expensive to find", writes Gillett.
"Your body solves this problem by adapting - by building antibodies to identify and reject things that shouldn't be in your body".
"We think we'll be able to help organizations see their full security picture in much higher fidelity than they now can", founder Stephen Gillet said in a Medium post announcing the launch.
"We hope that by making this mix of technologies available to more companies at affordable prices, we can give "the good guys" an advantage and help us all turn the tide against cybercrime", Gillett said. Acquired by Google in 2012, VirusTotal is a malware intelligence service that will continue to operate within Chronicle as it has in recent years. Gillett notes that it will run on Alphabet's infrastructure and use machine learning and advanced search capabilities to help businesses analyze their security data. The business is said to be "inspired by Google's own security techniques".
Chronicle is aimed at enterprises that need help on the security front.
A few years ago I wrote some thoughts for Wired about why more people and organizations don't take moonshots. But he says it's challenging to separate the hype from the reality if companies merely say their technology is the best without explaining why or how.
The research lab at Google's parent company, Alphabet, is known for incubating some of the most far-out ideas in tech.
Chronicle has been working with Fortune 500 companies, some of which are testing an early version of the cybersecurity intelligence platform, according to Gillett.