The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reportedly plans to replace its method of scoring publicly disclosed vulnerabilities with a new automated process leveraging IBM's Watson artificial intelligence system.

The agency expects Watson to supplant its current Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) process for most bugs by October 2019, according to a report from Nextgov, citing Matthew Scholl, chief of NIST's computer security division. IBM has confirmed this account to SC Media, which has also reached out to Scholl for additional comment.

A key advantage of using AI is that it should ease the burden of NIST analysts who are currently tasked with reviewing thousands of vulnerabilities every week.

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