Cisco and International Business Machines (IBM) have announced a strategic partnership in a bid to strengthen efforts to curb cyber crime.
The companies say they will work together on products, services and threat intelligence to protect organisations across networks, endpoints and the cloud.
Launching on the back of the recent global cyber attack WannaCry, the companies said they realised a growing need because of the rising costs of data breaches to enterprises.
Marc Van Zadelhoff, general manager at IBM Security, elaborated: "The partnership will also build new relationships between the companies' researcher teams, from the IBM X-Force and Cisco Talos. "With Cisco joining our immune system of defence, joint customers will greatly expand their ability to enhance their use of cognitive technologies like IBM Watson for cyber security."
A data-driven approach will be used to minimise cyber crime, while both parties work towards eventually being able to predict cyber threats faster and with more efficiency.
"In cyber security, taking a data-driven approach is the only way to stay ahead of the threats impacting your business," said Bill Heinrich, Chief Information Security Director, BNSF Railway.