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IBM digs into security management

Posted by Xavier Ashe on January 10, 2008

IBM is aggressively expanding its security
portfolio in hopes of becoming the de facto source of advice and
technology for businesses looking to adopt high-level IT governance and
risk management strategies — a transformation among customers that
officials at Big Blue cite as both ongoing and inevitable.

As the waves of
security threats and data management regulations have washed ashore and
left organizations struggling to balance perimeter and internal
security concerns with mounting obligations to protect highly-valuable
data, companies are being forced to take more of a top-down approach
that addresses broad sets of IT-oriented risks, versus individual
problems, IBM officials maintain.

And
while a host of players ranging from security software makers to
massive IT consultants have begun marketing themselves as those best
suited to help customers embrace a governance and risk management
approach, IBM executives claim that their firm's mix of technology,
services and partnerships place it at the top of any list of providers
capable of helping organizations prepare their security operations for
the future.

“We feel that we're ahead of the curve and driving forward our ability to meet these needs, some of which that might not yet
have emerged from a broad perspective,” said Kris Lovejoy, IBM's director of corporate security strategy.

“We
feel that we are creating security risk management capabilities and
have an opportunity to commoditize them in a way that can be leveraged
at large,” she said. “From an overall strategic perspective, that
doesn't mean that customers are ready to stand up en masse right now
and require everything we've built, but we're actively trying to extend
the portfolio in advance of that trend.”

Great article over at InfoWorld.


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