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Optimize the
security program
Stop Advanced
Protect Critial
Safeguard cloud
& mobile

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Protect critical assets

Not long ago, your organization only had to worry about employees accessing a few highly controlled applications within your network. All that has changed. Everything and everyone is interconnected. As a result, you may be facing any of these challenges:

Your enterprise has potentially millions of customers, partners, vendors and other users seeking access to your systems and records.
Data use has increased exponentially, and the rate of new applications being developed in the world of mobile applications is astonishing. This extreme velocity and volume is probably stressing your security systems.
Well-funded and highly effective cyber attackers are working night and day to find vulnerabilities in these new platforms. Worse, they now use social media to find authorized users, steal credentials, and exploit vulnerabilities.
The Internet of Things, with potentially billions of connected devices and new applications, introduces a new level of vulnerability. Your current security policies may not address machine-to-machine communications, and connected devices may not be protected by traditional security solutions.
New applications can present vulnerabilities and have major security flaws.

It’s no wonder security breaches are occurring more and more often. To protect your sensitive data, you must adopt a new, risk-based approach.

Leverage analytics and
insight for rapid detection
and response

By 2020, 75 percent of enterprise information security budgets will be used for rapid detection and response, up from 10 percent in 2012.1

Businesses are increasingly focused on security partners that understand threat intelligence, predictive security, and regulatory issues.2

The way forward:

IBM offers a variety of software and services to help you protect critical assets—from advanced security controls and analytics, to common sense methods of strengthening your data protection program.

How to protect critical assets:
Govern and administer users and their access: Validate “who’s who” across the enterprise and the cloud, and use context-aware and role-based controls to help prevent unauthorized access. These controls are smart enough to know where users are, what they want to do and what their normal behavior looks like—all before they’re granted access. Hunt for breaches by collecting data that’s security-relevant from across the enterprise. Deploy security intelligence technologies for real-time analysis, fraud prevention and anomaly detection. Expand your security prowess with external threat intelligence.
Identify and protect sensitive data: Discover and classify critical data assets. Protect this information with intelligent controls that monitor who is accessing that data and from where. Detect anomalies and unauthorized access. Look for subtle attack indicators using deep security analytics.
Manage application security risk: Analyze the security vulnerabilities of applications before they go into production—avoiding the costs of fixing them later and the potential damages from addressing victims’ losses. Address security from day one.
Manage and secure your network and endpoints: Enforce compliance, block threats and remediate vulnerabilities with near real-time visibility.

1 IDC Analyst Briefing with Christina Richmond, 2014.

2 Ponemon Institute, “Is Your Company Ready for a Big Data Breach? The Second Annual Study on Data Breach Preparedness,” September 2014.

Stop advanced threats

Sophisticated cyber threats are on the rise. More than 95 percent of CISOs think they’ll experience an advanced attack in the next 12 months1. And nearly 90 percent of CISOs believe today’s advanced security threats cause substantially more damage than traditional threats2.

But what exactly is an advanced threat? A sophisticated, targeted attack on a system, executed by organized cyber attackers motivated by financial gain, politics or fame. Unlike worms, Trojans or viruses—which can easily be blocked by network and endpoint security defenses—advanced threats are quietly planted, can remain in a system for months or even years, and are far more difficult to detect. Once implanted, they collect information and maximize damage to your organization.

At IBM, our experts use extensive research and detective work to thoroughly understand the origins and distinctive features of attackers. This allows us to pinpoint, outsmart and stop them. And in the event of a breach, we have teams of first responders who can diagnose and fix the problem.

Predict advanced threats.
Outsmart attackers.

More than 95 percent of CISOs think they’ll be subject to an advanced attack in the next 12 months.

Nearly 90 percent of CISOs believe today’s advanced security threats cause substantially more damage than traditional threats.

The way forward:

Intelligence is built into every aspect of our security portfolio. Along with integration, it’s the path to a strong security posture. Use analytics and insight to stop advanced threats and create a unified defense. At the same time, move toward a fully integrated system design.

Top ways to stop advanced threats:
Prevent targeted attacks in real time: We can help you stop sophisticated threats with next-generation defenses. Armed with our latest cybercrime solutions, you’ll be able to detect threats faster and make informed decisions by correlating massive sets of data in real time.
Detect advanced threats with security intelligence: You can respond to breaches faster and actually stop sophisticated threats as they happen with IBM big data analytics.
Defend against web fraud and cybercrime: We can help you stop sophisticated threats with next-generation defenses. Armed with our latest cybercrime solutions, you’ll be able to detect threats faster and make informed decisions by correlating massive sets of data in real time.
Key IBM solutions to help you:

1 CEB Information Risk Leadership Council, “2015 Security Outlook – Ten Imperatives for the Information Security Function,” November 2014.

2 Corporate Executive Board, “Responding to Advanced Threats,” February 2014.

Safeguard cloud and mobile

Has your organization adopted a mobile platform, launched social media initiatives or embraced cloud computing? If so, you know that more and more business transactions are being pushed outside company walls. One example: as cloud platforms continue to be adopted, the traditional perimeter around the data center is dissolving, making it difficult to protect critical data from the increasing gaps in security.

Beyond the cloud, many enterprises are adopting bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies and other mobile initiatives to better engage employees and customers. But as the lines between personal and work life blur, mobile security is paying the price.

If your security team has been facing these challenges, you are not alone.

Security executives have many concerns around these new initiatives. Keeping data private and secure in a cloud environment is now the primary concern of CISOs.1 They also fear the danger of mobile device theft and loss. In fact, 76 percent of CISOs see device theft or the loss of sensitive data on a device as a major concern. Still, fewer than half of security leaders feel that they have an effective mobile device management approach. A clear gap exists between business demands and security realities.2

Secure the cloud.
Protect Mobile.

Privacy and security in a cloud environment is the number one concern of CISOs.

76 percent of CISOs see theft of devices or loss of sensitive data on a device as a major concern.

The way forward:

IBM can help your firm avoid being compromised. We have experts who can work with your security team to build a new, stronger security posture designed for cloud and mobile initiatives. Remember, it’s vital to address security at the initial deployment of cloud and mobile technologies.

Ways to safeguard cloud and mobile:
Gain cloud visibility and control: Harden workloads and monitor attack activity while supporting compliance in the cloud. The IBM portfolio of security products is cloud-ready. That means we can help protect your organization’s employees and customers, data, applications and infrastructure as you build your private cloud. We work with many cloud service providers to build security into their offerings.
Protect the mobile enterprise: Protect devices, content, applications and transactions. These are the capabilities most requested by our clients today for mobile security. Commit to addressing mobile security from day one.

1 IBM MDI, “Chief Information Security Officer Survey,” 2013.

2 IBM Center for Applied Insights, “Fortifying for the future: Insights from the 2014 IBM Chief Information Security Officer Assessment,” IBM Corp., December 2014.

Optimize your security program

An optimized security program means clearly stated policies and strategies, rigorous programs, and a strong, cohesive team to implement them. Yet the challenges can be enormous. Some of the most common issues include:

No clear strategy: You haven’t yet taken a careful inventory of your security strategy. You’re addressing critical challenges with no roadmap for the future—and no big-picture guidance.
Fragmentation woes: Your team has to play “whack-a-mole”—responding to security concerns with a new tool for each emerging risk. And now you have a maze of disparate solutions with limited views of the landscape. This can be costly, complex and ineffective at stopping today’s sophisticated attacks.
Lack of adequate skills: It’s a seller’s market for security skills—with many openings for a limited number of candidates. And because the battle to secure your organization constantly evolves as new threats emerge, the skills gap inevitably widens. If you can’t adequately measure your organization’s security effectiveness, you won’t know where to begin—whether you have an effective strategy in place or not.
C-level priority: Headlines about security breaches have elevated boardroom concern over potential data breaches. Now you’re being asked to present to the CEO and the board at least once a year, and possibly even more often. How do you communicate your priorities and results in a way that’s free of jargon and speaks to their way of thinking?
Assess and integrate
your security strategy

Spending on security is the highest priority for CIOs1

76 percent of CISOs say they are asked to present to the board at least once a year2

The way forward:

IBM can help you design a security roadmap for the future. We’ll work together with you to evaluate and benchmark your security capability against your competition. Then, we can apply our expertise and solutions to help you move toward an integrated security approach.

A new approach to optimizing security:
Assess and transform your security maturity: It’s vital to grade your security maturity against your peers and continually test for compliance with industry standards. We can help you analyze the effectiveness of your controls and develop a roadmap to reduce future risk. We’ll also show you how to guide the conversation as you work with key stakeholders and top executives to quickly implement change.
Build a next-generation security operations center: Are you treating security as a path to reduce risk and grow your business? If not, start now. Be systematic. Define the capabilities your organization needs to stay secure. Then, apply intelligence and automation to minimize surprises and ease routine tasks. We excel at this, and we’re eager to help.
Get help from worldwide experts 24x7x365: Engage professional “cyber hunters” to help detect attackers, deploy new solutions or run operations. The IBM consulting and managed services team is ready to help your security staff shore up skills gaps and understand complex threats. We do this by using our advanced expertise and access to worldwide threat information. We want to build a valuable partnership with you and your team.

1 CEB Information Risk Leadership Council, “2015 Security Outlook – Ten Imperatives for the Information Security Function,” November 2014.

2 UBS Equities, “IT Hardware CIO Survey,” July 2013.

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