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Australia would benefit from laws forcing organisations to disclose when their information systems security had been breached, according to the head of IBM’s local security operations, who today unveiled ten new products targeted at protecting organisations – particularly focussed on enterprises embracing cloud computing, mobility and big data.

Glen Gooding, director of IBM's Institute for Advanced Security in Australia, said that it; “Would make the job of security advisors a little bit easier” if laws were in place obliging companies to disclose security breaches.

He’s in good company – earlier this week in an interview with the Financial Review, Timothy Pilgrim, the Australian Privacy Commissioner, again called for mandatory data breach notification laws to be introduced. In other jurisdictions enterprises are obliged to report security breaches – but Australian companies can often stay mum if they are hacked or data is compromised.

It’s an approach that can create a false sense of security. According to Mr Gooding Australian enterprises are just as vulnerable as international organisations.

And the ways in which companies can be targeted is on the increase according to Mr Gooding who said that simple perimeter security measures no longer offered sufficient protection.

As part of its bid to offer a one stop security shop IBM has today announced a broad sweep of new security software – some home grown, some acquired – intended to help organisations tackle the new array of security challenges.

Mr Gooding said that IBM’s acquisition of Q1 Labs a year ago had delivered the cornerstone of its security portfolio which tackled security issues associated with people, applications, data and infrastructure. The new security systems also position IBM to command a larger slice of the security solutions market which is expected to reach $US104 billion by 2015 according to Mr Gooding.

He said that internationally IBM had built up a team of 6,000 security professionals, although he was not able to say how many security professionals the company had on its books in Australia. The company launched its Security Systems division earlier this year.

Among the announcements today is an upgrade for the Guardium system which now provides real time monitoring for Hadoop based big data applications. Mr Gooding said that the company had some local users of the system, but was not able to name the early adopters.

The company has also announced other products including a mobile security framework to help manage mobile access, provide mobile applications protection and device control; a series of cloud focussed security tools; and new mainframe security systems.

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Beverley Head is a Sydney-based freelance writer who specialises in exploring how and why technology changes everything - society, business, government, education, health. Beverley started writing about the business of technology in London in 1983 before moving to Australia in 1986. She was the technology editor of the Financial Review for almost a decade, and then became the newspaper's features editor before embarking on a freelance career, during which time she has written on a broad array of technology related topics for the Sydney Morning Herald, Age, Boss, BRW, Banking Day, Campus Review, Education Review, Insite and Government Technology Review. Beverley holds a degree in Metallurgy and the Science of Materials from Oxford University and a deep affection for things which are shaken not stirred.

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