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March 3, 2010

IBM beefs up security offerings

Plans to introduce new software, systems and services to help organisations adopt new forms of technology and business models

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM said that it is introducing new software, systems and services to help organisations adopt new forms of technology such as cloud computing and new business models like telework.

According to IBM, the new offerings include Secure Web Gateway Service 2.0 that enables protection against web-based threats and enforcement of corporate IT policies, while its new Managed Firewall Service and Unified Threat Management Service allows clients to use select Check Point firewall and unified threat management devices.

The company said that the new Security Information and Event Manager 2.0 software helps to reduce costs by automating enterprise log management and central management, reduce insider threats and protect integrity by monitoring and auditing privileged user activities, and facilitate compliance efforts and streamline management with compliance management modules.

The Security Content Analysis SDK provides developers with filter database and accurate analysis along with an application programming interface (API). The new edition of Rational AppScan Source Edition AppScan can scan software source code and identify potential security and compliance vulnerabilities during the early stages of software development, while the Lotus Protector for Mail Encryption offers Lotus Notes’ e-mail encryption feature to include any address accessible on the internet, the company said.

In addition, the new offerings also include Security Privileged Identity Management and Compliance offering that provides threat prevention, identity management and meeting compliance needs through file integrity monitoring, separation of duties, role hierarchy, and intrusion prevention. The new release of z/OS helps clients promote improved operations, availability, manageability, and security, IBM said.

Charles Palmer, director of the Institute for Advanced Security and chief technologist of cybersecurity and privacy for IBM Research, said: There is no lack of security products and services available today, but adding security after a system is developed or implemented seldom works. IBM will engage with government clients and other constituents to help them comprehensively understand how to develop and integrate effective security protections into the fabric of their critical systems and services.

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