HP is rolling out its new Security, Compliance and Continuity Services portfolio aimed at helping businesses and government agencies reduce the cost and complexity of their security initiatives by offering a tightly integrated set of services that span traditional settings and cloud computing environments. HP officials said the new portfolio is the latest step in their efforts to compete more closely with services king IBM.
Hewlett-Packard is wielding the strength gained from its $13.9
billion acquisition of EDS in creating an extensive package of security
services that touches on everything from hardware to cloud computing to
The HP Security, Compliance and Continuity Services portfolio,
announced Jan. 25, is aimed at helping businesses and government
agencies create a comprehensive security strategy that protects data,
reduces risks and increases compliance, according to Chris Whitener,
chief strategist for HP's Secure Advantage program. The portfolio of
more than 90 offerings includes existing HP services as well as new
"What we're trying to do is tie the loose ends [of HP's substantial
security offerings] up together in a very large portfolio," Whitener
said in an interview.
HP's acquisition of EDS in 2008-which is now HP Enterprise Services
the technology vendor a greater range of services capabilities, making
HP the second largest enterprise services vendor outside of IBM.
The new security services portfolio is based on a common reference
model that the more than 10,000 HP services professionals will use when
working with customers. The services are aimed at both traditional and
The features within the Security, Compliance and Continuity
Services-including third-party offerings-are tightly integrated to make
it easier for businesses to adopt and manage them, George Ferguson,
product marketing manager for security, compliance, and continuity for
HP Enterprise Services, said in an interview.
"The idea is that we want to help businesses and governments reduce complexity, reduce risks and reduce costs," Ferguson said.
In addition, the services are offered to customers in several ways,
Whitener said. HP services can help a business design and implement its
security strategy, which the business can then run itself. In addition,
HP can manage certain security functions, or a business can outsource
the whole security environment to HP.
New to the portfolio is the Cloud Computing Security Assessment
service, which can be used with HP's existing Cloud Discovery Workshop
and Cloud Assure. Through these services, HP helps businesses decide
that workloads they should move into a cloud environment, assess the
security requirements of both public and private clouds, manage the
cloud security services on an ongoing basis.
In addition, HP's new Application Security Center of Excellence
service is aimed at preventing attacks on Web applications. The service
includes a workshop and assessment help for organizations looking to
create a strategy. The service also helps businesses prioritize their
security requirements and build processes using best practices.
Through the Software as a Service Project Services for Application
Security Center, HP will help organizations implement their application
security initiatives in a solution that is managed by HP.
Ferguson said that while the offerings in the security services
portfolio work best with those solutions that have been tested and
tightly integrated, it can also work well with tools that haven't been
The announcement of the portfolio is an indication in HP's
aggressive approach in building out its security services offerings,
Whitener said. He conceded that IBM is the largest security services
vendor, but added that "we intend to close that gap as fast as we can."