IBM Launches New Cybersecurity Software, Services

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-05-06 Print this article Print

IBM said clients testing the IBM Threat Protection System have seen quick results. For example, a health care provider with thousands of endpoints immediately found dozens of instances of malware present, despite their use of many more traditional security tools. This malicious code could be used to remote control endpoints or exfiltrate data, but instead was instantly disabled. Likewise a large European bank recently tried this capability and was able to disable undetected malware across the enterprise.

The IBM Threat Protection System is supported around the world by IBM’s managed security operations centers (SOCs), which can monitor the system once deployed by clients. IBM’s SOC Optimization consultants can also deploy and integrate them into customer SOCs.

Meanwhile, the new Critical Data Protection Program helps safeguard critical data — a corporation’s “Crown Jewels.” An organization’s fortune is often driven by less than two percent of its enterprise data, which has major impact on competitive advantage, brand reputation, market value and business growth, IBM said.

“Concerns over the ability to protect critical data from cyber attacks have moved center stage in the board room,” said Kris Lovejoy, general manager of IBM Security Services, in a statement. “Cyber attacks and loss of data have the ability to impact brand reputation, reduce shareholder value and open an organization to litigation. IBM’s new software and services are designed to provide these executives with a unique solution that lets them keep their focus on the day-to-day needs of their customers and driving business revenue.”

Organizations are increasingly turning to IBM to help them build comprehensive approaches to quickly identify and stop advanced threats before they do damage. Recently, IBM began providing external vulnerability scanning and expert hotline support services to AIG’s CyberEdge insurance clients.

“We look forward to IBM continuing to build on its unique ability to combine market-leading software, services, research capabilities and industry partnerships to counter the momentum of sophisticated attacks,” said Tracie Grella, head of professional liability for the Global Financial Lines at AIG, in a statement.

Moreover, IBM’s newly announced consulting services are based on IBM’s Data Centric Security Model, under which IBM deploys assets from Guardium, StoredIQ and IBM Research to help protect business critical information.

This critical data — which may include such high value data assets as acquisition and divestiture plans, executive and board deliberations and intellectual property — accounts for an estimated 70 percent of the value of a publicly traded corporation. As a result, this type of data is extremely valuable to hostile forces – whether company insiders or sophisticated attackers.

Yet, despite the importance and value of critical enterprise data, many organizations are not aware of what their Crown Jewel information is, where it resides, who has access to it, or how it is protected, making it more difficult to monitor and protect, IBM said. In fact, data loss can take days or more to discover in more than 95 percent of cases, and weeks or more to contain in more than 90 percent of cases, a lag that can have a catastrophic impact on a business, the company said.

IBM’s new Critical Data Protection Program offers an iterative multi-phased approach of Define, Discover, Baseline, Secure and Monitor for a full lifecycle of data security to protect profitability, competitive position and reputation.


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