Introducing the updated IBM Security Framework.

The Updated IBM Security Framework
The Updated IBM Security Framework

How does an IBMer describe how IBM covers security?  How can you map the product offerings we have to various security domains in frameworks like CoBIT, ISO, etc.?  Whats a good way to learn all the products in our portfolio?  The answer in the IBM Security Framework.  First used in 2008. it’s been modified to evolve with IBM’s broadening capabilities.  It’s the high-level overview that’s perfect for opening discussions with customers, business partners, and other IBMers.  The deep-dive version is the IBM Security Blueprint – a must read for security practitioners.  From Marc van Zadelhoff:

Today, we launch the updated version of the IBM Security Framework, depicted here.  The Framework represents a comprehensive way to view security risks and in turn the areas where IBM has invested in solutions.  As you can see, it identifies the four foundational aspects we continue to be focused on: People, Data, Applications and Infrastructure. You need best-in-class capabilities in each area in order to be secure and compliant today.  We’ve found that these dimensions extend equally well to solving problems that have become more prominent in the last few years: cloud security and mobile security.  The same dimensions apply and customers are using the Framework and IBM’s capabilities in each area to solve these newer issues like they do with traditional data centers security.

That box at the the top, Security Intelligence, Analytics and GRC, is my main playground. Traditionally this was just “SIEM”, but now we are looking to fill lots of roles.  We need advance intelligence to provide to the SOC teams.  We need in-depth analysis for compliance and CERT teams.  We need dashboarding and business relative data for GRC.  So just trowing around the term SIEM isn’t effective.

Go read Marc’s overview of the change to the framework and start using the new graphic with the new ISS division.

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Author: Xavier Ashe

Entrepreneur, Infosec Executive, CISSP, CISM, Ironman triathlete, traveler, UU, paleo, father of 8, goyishe, gamer, & geek.

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