IBM and Cisco Automate Enterprise Security

Second Phase of Global Security Alliance Results in Autonomic Tools to Manage Compliance, Mitigate Risk and Reduce Costs

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ARMONK, NY & SAN JOSE, CA - 14 Oct 2004: IBM and Cisco Systems today announced integrated solutions designed to reduce the damage and disruption that viruses, worms and other security vulnerabilities can cause to networks and minimize the impact they have on day-to-day business operations.

IBM and Cisco have extended their global security alliance through the integration of IBM Tivoli software with Cisco Network Admission Control technologies to help enterprises automatically comply with security policies, then quarantine and remediate at-risk computing devices, including laptops, desktops and wireless devices. The collaboration offers preventative, self-protecting solutions that can help users automatically control who and what is given access to the network, helping companies trim the time employees and IT staff spend recovering from computer security attacks and lapses.

In today's mobile computing environment, systems and devices with out-of-date operating systems, security vulnerabilities and weak passwords, are all too easily connected to the enterprise. These at-risk computing devices can infect the entire network without proper proactive systems management.

For example, a traveling salesperson may not always install the latest critical security update on his laptop due to a hectic travel schedule. During his trip, his computer can become infected with a worm making him a major risk to his company upon his return. When he reconnects to the network, the worm could spread causing damage to the entire business, resulting in downtime and lost productivity for employees across the company.

The IBM and Cisco products can help improve employee productivity by making access to applications, network resources and data as convenient and secure as possible for employees and providing an auditable, policy-driven compliance system for administrators.

"Since implementing IBM and Cisco's security technologies, we've been able to better serve our customers by streamlining our business processes and increasing staff productivity," said Bernardo Zapata, Security Information Officer, Bancolombia. "We look forward to working with IBM and Cisco as they expand their collaboration in security to help us in our continued goal of improving our business processes through the use of technology."

IBM and Cisco are helping clients:

IBM Global Services also offers services to help clients understand the current security level of their IT infrastructure and what steps should be taken to enhance security and network operations. IBM Global Services offers a variety of services that range from individual product implementation to consulting services to overall architecture and design related services that help with businesses deploy and mange the IBM and Cisco security solution.

IBM and Cisco Global Strategic Alliance
IBM and Cisco Systems have a long-standing global strategic alliance that has produced a number of integrated solutions across a range of technologies and industries. The new security automation capabilities are the latest to emerge from a global security initiative IBM and Cisco announced this year.

In February, the companies announced a new model for enterprise security, an automated approach to information security to help simplify security, reduce implementation and administration costs, and bolster business productivity. The companies integrated various identity management products for network access and integrated laptop and desktop security technologies.

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