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Cybersecurity project becomes independent Alphabet unit

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Alphabet's research division, X, said on Wednesday that a cybersecurity project named Chronicle has now become an independent company within its constellation of units that includes Google. Its yet-to-be released tech will help organizations prevent hacks by sifting through data and helping find vulnerabilities.

Why it matters: "The reality for most companies today when it comes to cybersecurity is reactive: find and clean up the damage," writes X chief Astro Teller in a blog post. "The real moonshot, which is still several years away, is predicting and deflecting cyber attacks before they infiltrate an organization’s network."