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Friday, August 29, 2014

IBM Unveils Software to Help Organizations Spot Security Risks

IBM has released an integrated security intelligence solution that helps organizations identify key vulnerabilities in real-time while reducing total cost of security operations.

The company’s QRadar Vulnerability Manager gives security officers a prioritized view across their entire network. By aggregating vulnerability information into a single view, security teams can see the results from multiple network, endpoint, database, or application scanners.

ibm-logoAccording to IBM, more than a dozen new security vulnerabilities are being reported every day. The rapid expansion of social, mobile, and cloud computing can further increase the number of potential vulnerabilities, expanding the threat landscape.

Part of the IBM Security Intelligence Platform, QRadar Vulnerability Manager (QVM) combs through security holes to help close them to potential exploits, excluding those hidden behind firewalls, associated with inactive applications, or otherwise unreachable from external attacks. Activated by a license key, the software can automatically scan the network and perform the analysis.

“Security Intelligence is about putting all the available data into context, and making it useful for each client’s unique security needs,” said Brendan Hannigan, general manager of IBM’s Security Systems Division. “We have relentlessly expanded QRadar’s capabilities, and tight integration of vulnerability management is the next natural extension.”

QRadar Vulnerability Manager‘s vulnerability information aggregation and single view enable prioritization for security teams. Results from multiple network, endpoint, database, or application scanners are presented alongside IBM’s latest X-Force Threat Intelligence alerts and incident reports from the National Vulnerability Database. The new offering has its own embedded, PCI-certified scanner, which can be scheduled to run periodically or triggered based on network events.

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QRadar Vulnerability Manager enables users to avoid mashing security products together and reduces the potential for information to fall through the cracks.

IBM is enhancing its intrusion prevention platform with the introduction of the IBM Security Network Protection XGS 5100. Fully integrated with the Security Intelligence Platform, the intrusion prevention platform now provides ongoing network data feeds to help identify stealthy attacks via the Secure Socket Layer data-encryption protocol. The platform also includes IBM’s “virtual patch” technology to provide vulnerability protection when a software patch is not yet available.

Additionally, IBM is introducing a new version of the IBM Security zSecure Suite, a mainframe security solution with IBM QRadar Security Intelligence Platform integration. This combined solution helps provide organizations with enterprise-wide visibility of mainframe security events, supported with automated real-time threat alerts and customized compliance reporting.

IBM’s security portfolio provides the security intelligence to help organizations holistically protect their people, data, applications, and infrastructure. IBM offers solutions for identity and access management, security information and event management, database security, application development, risk management, endpoint management, and intrusion protection. IBM monitors 15 billion security events per day in more than 130 countries and holds more than 3,000 security patents. 


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