IBM, AT&T Team on Cyber-Security Services
Joint cyber-security solutions from IBM and AT&T feature secure network infrastructure and analytics to combat cyber-threats.IBM and AT&T announced a strategic relationship to provide businesses with a simplified, single source for network security and threat management. The companies announced their agreement at the RSA Conference 2014, saying they will offer business customers a new joint service combining security network infrastructure with advanced threat monitoring and analytics. Cyber-threats have become a boardroom agenda with their potential to bring down an organization's network, create compliance issues, damage bottom lines and impact brand reputation, IBM said. In addition, disparate security technologies create "security silos," increasing cost and complexity of security management and making it difficult to uniformly monitor security threats across IT environments. The new service from AT&T and IBM will help businesses address these challenges with a secure network infrastructure, analytics, and a blend of on-premises and cloud-managed security capabilities. AT&T and IBM individually have strong IT security data monitoring operations, each generating advanced security threat intelligence from the billions of security events they track each day. Together, the companies will create a combined security intelligence source and analytics capability.
The new offering comprises proven solutions from AT&T and IBM. It includes Network Security Infrastructure and Managed Security Services from AT&T, including network-based firewall, IDS/IPS, Web filtering, secure email gateway and distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection services for security devices managed on-premises or in the AT&T cloud. IBM capabilities include IBM Network Security Consulting to assess and transform network security; IBM Security Monitoring and Threat Intelligence for faster threat detection and response; and IBM Emergency Response Services for around-the-clock security expert support in responding to sophisticated attacks and helping remediate them.