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IBM Introduces New Security Appliance to Help Organizations Stay Ahead of Threats

New platform helps deliver proactive network security

ARMONK, N.Y. - 15 Jul 2010: As today's threat landscape continues to evolve and become more complex, IBM (NYSE: IBM) is introducing a new security appliance to help clients more easily adopt an IT infrastructure that is secure by design and enable them to stay ahead of looming network security risks.  

Businesses today are facing a growing number of external security challenges, such as targeted attacks, worms, bots, intrusion attempts and phishing scams. The average company's IT infrastructure is attacked 60,000 times per day.(1) Network threats target vulnerabilities in systems, workstations and applications and can have a crippling financial effect, disrupting business processes and causing loss of confidential and proprietary information.

Recognizing these increasing threats, IBM is introducing a new security network intrusion prevention system (IPS) that consolidates intrusion prevention with data and web application security into a single, optimized appliance for faster, more accurate security protection. The hardware appliance comes preloaded and preconfigured with IBM security software and extends the capabilities of the IBM X-Force research team to deliver high-performance network security at lower costs.

Unlike certain competitive solutions, the new IBM Security Network Intrusion Prevention System helps organizations take a more holistic approach to security, eliminating the need for multiple point solutions.  Through a unified platform, clients can manage a variety of network security capabilities, such as automated Virtual Patch technology that can sense and block network threats, client-side application protection, data security, web application protection and application control.  By combining these capabilities into a single platform, IBM is making it easier for organizations to manage and help secure their networks.  

Emergency patching of security flaws requires unscheduled system downtime and can leave enterprises vulnerable until every system, workstation and application is patched. Despite the critical nature of these vulnerabilities that open the door to attacks, the 2009 IBM X-Force Trend and Risk Report reported that 52 percent of vulnerabilities had no vendor-supplied patch by year's end.

For example, more than two years before the well publicized Conficker threat was discovered, IBM X-Force research identified the potential risk to enterprises from this type of threat and issued Virtual Patch protection, giving clients preemptive protection of their systems and workstations. For the top 61 security threats in 2009, IBM X-Force delivered the necessary protection an average of 340 days before the vulnerability was publicly disclosed.(2)

The new solution is built upon Virtual Patch technology and powered by IBM X-Force research, giving customers direct access to the latest security updates they need to block threats even before the vendor-supplied patches are applied.

"Effective threat and vulnerability management needs to focus on preventing problems, not responding to them," said Steve Robinson, general manager, IBM Security Solutions. "Through our new intrusion prevention system, IBM is helping organizations save valuable time and money by giving them a single view of security to better thwart potential threats before their networks can be compromised."

Enhancements to the IBM Security Network IPS solution include:

Enterprises can deploy and manage IBM Security Network IPS on their own, or rely on expertise from IBM Managed Security Services to help reduce the cost of running their security operations.

Network Intrusion Prevention Systems are network security appliances that are designed to help protect network and/or system activities from malicious activity. IBM's Security Network Intrusion Prevention System is generally available. For more details, visit: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/beat/06152010.html.

IBM's approach to security helps customers manage risk from end-to-end, across all five security focus areas: data and information; application and process; people and identity; network, server and end point; and physical infrastructure.

To view IBM's portfolio of workload optimized systems and appliances, visit http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/smarter/.

About IBM

For more information on IBM's security solutions, visit: http://www.ibm.com/security/ .

(1)  IBM Managed Security Services, 2010. Based on IBM X-Force Data and Analysis.

(2)  IBM X-Force Security Advisories 2009.

Contact(s) information

Faye Abloeser
IBM Media Relations
908-770-0762
abloeser@us.ibm.com

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