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AN ALPHABET MOON SHOT WANTS TO STORE THE SECURITY INDUSTRY'S DATA

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IT'S A FAMILIAR playbook for Google and Alphabet: Offer high-quality products like Gmail or Chrome, build a massive user base, and then capitalize on that reach to paternalistically promote safer practices across the tech industry. So far, this strategy has generally proved to be extremely effective. Now Chronicle, a company born last year out of X, Alphabet's "moon shot factory," is going to try it for defending corporate networks. On Monday, Chronicle announced its first product: Backstory. The tool is a cloud platform on which companies can store their network-intelligence data indefinitely, allowing them to use Google's search smarts to comb through logs and gain insight into emerging digital security threats. For example, an organization that missed a breach on its network initially will be able to use Backstory to find the origins of the incident and track what played out as a result. Crucially, Backstory customers will also benefi…