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Wednesday, 09 December 2015 12:36

IBM steps up industry collaboration against cybercrime


IBM has opened its security analytics platform which it says will enable customers, business partners and other developers to build custom apps that take advantage of the platform's advanced security intelligence capabilities.

Opening of the analytics platform was accompanied by IBM’s launch of its Security App Exchange, a marketplace for the security community to create and share apps based on the company’s security technologies.

IBM says the opening of its security analytics platform is the second major step the company has taken this year to advance industry collaboration and innovation “to battle highly organised cybercrime”.

Earlier this year, IBM opened its 700 TB database of security threat data through its X-Force Exchange and the company says more than 2,000 organisations have joined the threat sharing platform since it was announced in April.

“With the combination of opening its security analytics platform and its database of threat intelligence, IBM is promoting deeper industry collaboration and allowing organisations to share both data and expertise to stay ahead of cybercriminals,” said  Marc van Zadelhoff, Vice President, Strategy and Product Management, IBM Security.

“With thousands of customers now standardising on IBM’s security technologies, opening this platform for closer collaboration and development with partners and customers changes the economics of fighting cybercrime.

“Sharing expertise across the security industry will allow us to innovate more quickly in order to help stay ahead of increasingly sophisticated attacks.”

According to van Zadelhoff, open development and collaboration is a critical tool to “speed innovation in the rapidly changing technology landscape”.

He said more than 77% of business managers say that collaborative development practices have benefited their organisations through a shorter product development cycle and faster time to market.  

And, van Zadelhoff says dozens of organisations have joined IBM App Exchange, “which has already spurred the sharing of 14 new QRadar applications by IBM developers and partners such as Bit9+Carbon Black, BrightPoint Security, Exabeam and Resilient Systems. Others partners such as STEALTHbits and iSIGHT Partners also have apps in development”.

“Through integration with third-party technologies, these new apps are designed to provide customers with better visibility into more types of data and also offer new automated search and reporting functions which help security specialists focus on the most pressing threats. The apps are now freely available through the IBM Security App Exchange, providing customers with access to a wider variety of analytics that are tightly integrated within the security intelligence environment of IBM QRadar.”  

IBM also announcing a new release of Security QRadar which analyses data across an organisation’s IT infrastructure to identify potential security threats.

van Zadelhoff said that, for the first time, QRadar will allow customers to create rules that will automatically take actions once specific threats have been detected.

IBM is also further integrating QRadar with IBM BigFix endpoint security management to help customers better prioritise threats and patches on user devices. QRadar can now also identify the exposed endpoints that do not have BigFix installed, helping clients find rogue or unmanaged assets more quickly.

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