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IBM Extends Security Reach To Protect Critical Infrastructure

Unveils New Research Initiatives, Partnerships, Products and Services

SAN FRANCISCO, - 02 Mar 2010: Today at the RSA Conference, IBM (NYSE: IBM) detailed new IBM Security Solutions, research initiatives, partnerships and client results aimed at meeting the rising demand by businesses and governments worldwide to secure digital and physical infrastructures.

Critical infrastructures operated by government, energy, health, banking, transportation and other industries are rapidly transforming into more intelligent systems. As a result, their failure can have catastrophic consequences for our society, economy and environment. Recent studies from the IBM X-Force research and development team indicate that the threat landscape continues to evolve rapidly and modern day attackers take ever more sophisticated approaches in their assault on business and governments. Today, IBM, public and private sector partners are intensifying efforts to combat these threats and safeguard citizens.

"Businesses and governments around the world are making bold investments in new technologies and processes that make them more efficient, agile and competitive," said Al Zollar, general manager, Tivoli Software, IBM. "These investments enable new possibilities, but they also create new complexities and beget new risks to critical infrastructure, privacy and identity. With today's announcements, we demonstrate our ability to partner and innovate to overcome existing and emerging threats."

Security, by Design

New computing paradigms and business models fundamentally require businesses to rethink how they deal with compliance, risk management and data protection.  Central to IBM's approach to addressing clients' security challenges is a shift in focus from securing assets to securing critical services.

With integrated service management - tools that provide can provide a "command center" view into a client's operations and potential areas of risk, IBM can help its clients design security into the fabric of the services they deliver, making security intrinsic to their business processes, product development and daily operations.

Today's announcements, based on IBM's experience with hundreds of global clients and businesses, are designed to further expand on the vision that security, by design, is an enabler of innovative change. IBM is introducing new software, systems and services to help global organizations securely adopt new forms of technology like cloud computing and new business models like telework, while addressing emerging compliance constructs.

New IBM Security Solutions include:

Institute for Advanced Security

In February 2010, IBM, the Security & Defence Agenda (SDA) and a coalition of international think tanks hosted almost 4,000 global experts from government, industry, academia, non-government organizations (NGOs) in a virtual dialogue on the world's greatest security challenges. Cybersecurity was identified as a significant potential threat to international peace and stability, and a number of experts called for the creation of a cybersecurity agency to increase public and private sector collaboration and educate global leaders on cyber issues.

In order to address such concerns, the company is launching the IBM Institute for Advanced Security to help clients, academics, partners and other businesses more easily understand, address and mitigate the issues associated with securing cyberspace. The Institute will collaborate with public and private sector officials in Washington, D.C., and provide access to a wide range of resources to help the government more efficiently and effectively secure and protect critical information threatened by increasingly malicious and costly cyber threats.

As part of this effort, IBM is bringing to bear expertise from its Software, Services, Systems and Research arms to help governments and businesses around the world safeguard themselves from new and existing threats. For instance, the U.S. Air Force recently selected IBM to design and demonstrate a highly secure cloud computing infrastructure that can support defense and intelligence networks.  

The IBM Institute for Advanced Security will provide a collaborative setting for public and private sector officials to tap IBM's vast security expertise so they can more efficiently and effectively secure and protect critical systems and information threatened by increasingly malicious and costly cyber threats.  IBM's approach will help public and private organizations avoid the trend of adding security on after the fact by providing them the education, expertise and resources  to design security into the foundation of their infrastructures.  

"There is no lack of security products and services available today, but adding security after a system is developed or implemented seldom works.  Moreover, today's rapidly-evolving threats make such "bolt-on" approaches even less effective at a time when clients are wary of not realizing a return from their security investments," said Charles Palmer, director of the Institute for Advanced Security and chief technologist of Cybersecurity and Privacy for IBM Research. "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."

A podcast with Al Zollar on the Decade of Smart Security - the focus of his RSA keynote presentation – is available at: https://365.rsaconference.com/blogs/podcast-series-rsa-conference-2010/tags/key_305  

Further information about the software, services and initiatives announced today is available at http://www-03.ibm.com/security/.

Contact(s) information

Jen Knecht
IBM Media Relations
917-472-3607
knechtj@us.ibm.com

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