IThe new products and services will be offered by IBM’s Internet Security Systems unit, and are designed to meet a pressing need. Research from IBM’s X-Force security team indicates acceleration in security threats on the Web, at the same time that information technology (IT) departments are stretched thin trying to keep pace with security issues and compliance requirements. IBM’s approach streamlines security management, delivering “ahead of the threat” protection against attacks, simplifying security infrastructure through consolidation, and reducing the labor and costs associated with compliance.
There is a new release of IBM’s Proventia Network Multi-Function Security, a Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution geared to help small and medium sized businesses by providing complete security at a lower overall cost. It provides six security modules, and now includes a Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network (SSL VPN) to provide remote users with easy remote access and tighter security controls. IBM offers the only UTM in the industry that is certified to help clients meet PCI compliance by independent testing from NSS Labs.
This release also makes it easier for IT departments to manage with several firewall enhancements and many usability upgrades. Complete with firewall, intrusion protection, anti-virus, anti-spam, URL filtering, IPSec VPN, and now an SSL VPN, this UTM is a one-stop product that eliminates the need to manage multiple vendors and products.
There are new features and enhancementsin IBM’s Express Advantage offerings specifically tailored to meet the needs of small businesses: Express Multi-Function Security Bundle and Express Managed Multi-Function Security Bundle. This service joins recently announced security services from IBM ISS and now clients can choose to have a system that is completely monitored and managed 24/7 by IBM, or have IBM monitor the system only on nights and weekends.