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IBM To Acquire Security Intelligence Provider Q1 Labs

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IBM has announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Q1 Labs, a Waltham, Massachusetts-based provider of security intelligence software.

The move aims to accelerate IBM’s efforts to help clients more intelligently secure their enterprises by applying analytics to correlate information from key security domains and creating security dashboards for their organizations.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Following the close of the acquisition, Q1 Labs will join the newly-formed IBM Security Systems division, representing the world’s most comprehensive security portfolio.  After the close, IBM intends the new division to be led by Brendan Hannigan, CEO of Q1 Labs.

The new division will target a $94 billion opportunity in security software and services, which has a nearly 12 percent compound annual growth rate, according to IBM estimates.

Q1 Labs will join the more than 10 strategic security acquisitions IBM has made in the last decade and the more than 25 analytics-related purchases, including the recently announced acquisition of security analytics software firm, i2.

Organizations face a landscape with high-impact corporate breaches, growing mobile security concerns and advanced security threats, as highlighted in last week’s IBM X-Force Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report.

Firms must be equipped to identify threats, detect insider fraud, predict business risk and address regulatory mandates. Three quarters of firms feel cyberattacks are hard to detect and their effectiveness would increase with end-to-end solutions, according to a recent industry report.

Q1 Labs’ advanced analytics and correlation capabilities can automatically detect and flag actions across an enterprise that deviate from prescribed policies and typical behavior to help prevent breaches, such as an employee accessing unauthorized information.

“Since perimeter defense alone is no longer capable of thwarting all threats, IBM is in a unique position to shift security thinking to an integrated, predictive approach,” said Brendan Hannigan, CEO of Q1 Labs. “Q1 Labs’ security analytics will add greater intelligence to IBM’s security portfolio and continue to distinguish IBM from competitors.”

IBM operates the world’s broadest security research and development organization, comprising nine security operations centers, nine IBM Research centers, 11 software security development labs and three Institutes for Advanced Security.

It employs thousands of security experts globally such as security operations analysts, consultants, sales and tech specialists, and strategic outsourcing delivery professionals.  IBM monitors 12 billion security events per day in more than 130 countries and holds 3,000 security patents. IBM has been in the security business for nearly 50 years dating back to the security innovation in its mainframe systems.

You can learn more about IBM’s security offerings here.

Written by turbotodd

October 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Banking On Genetics

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It’s Friday.

What’s going on in the world?

The question this Friday is, what’s not??

We’re still anxiously awaiting whether the U.S. government is going to come an agreement and raise the debt ceiling.

“Carmageddon” is going to shut down the 405 freeway in Los Angeles for 53 hours this weekend.

News Corporation continues to announce a doozy a day, with today’s big one being the resignation of  News Intl. Corp. executive Rebekah Brooks.

Casey Anthony is expected to be released from prison this weekend in Florida.

And the U.S. Women’s soccer team takes on Japan Sunday in Germany for this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup title.

Oh, and the British Open is this weekend.

My DVR hard drive is gonna be burning it up!

But today, the big news from IBM is how its technology is being used to help advance the research of human genetic disease.

IBM announced today that Coriell Institute for Medical Research, the largest biobank of living human cells, is using IBM technology to help the institute more efficiently maintain its massive collection of biological resources. As a vital player in modern biomedical research, Coriell manages cryogenic freezers that can house up to 48,000 samples and which may experience a mechanical failure while in use.

In the past, response teams had only been alerted in the event of a total failure of the unit requiring the staff to quickly move the biological samples to a standby unit.

Coriell can now better protect millions of genetic samples while also increasing its capacity to manage the volume of data generated by analyzing the genomes of large and diverse populations needed to examine the causes of critical diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

With the implementation of IBM monitoring software, Coriell researchers are now also instantly alerted in advance to quickly respond before any mechanical failure occurs and in turn, protect the integrity of the sample.

Big Science, Big Data

Scientists from major research centers around the world draw upon Coriell’s diverse collections of biomaterials, which contain cell lines, DNA, and other samples, representing more than half of  approximately 4,000 known genetic diseases.

In addition, Coriell is exploring advancement in personalized medicine using one’s genetic information to tailor individual patient medical care while ensuring an individual’s privacy.

“The healthcare industry is placing greater emphasis on the use of genetic information in making medical decisions,” said Scott Megill, Coriell’s Chief Information Officer.  “As a leader in genomics, Coriell is exploring the clinical utility of this personalized approach to medicine.  The breadth of data output created by our research introduced new challenges to analyze and store this information,” Megill added. “IBM is enabling Coriell to more effectively gather and analyze this data for our research.”

Coriell needed to address the challenge of supporting data collections generated from more than two million ampules of cells, one million vials of DNA, and hundreds of thousands of other biomaterials.

In addition, the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative Research Study – which captures an individual’s genetic differences to better understand causes for diseases – created an additional data challenge to the Institute.  Each participant in the study is genotyped using an array-based technology producing more than two million points of data, equaling approximately 1.5 GB of information per person.

With a target goal of 100,000 participants for the study, Coriell faced a massive information storage demand that was simply too cost prohibitive using legacy storage platforms.

Coriell turned to IBM and IBM Business Partner Mainline to help drive the organization’s technology transformation to help manage the millions of biological samples and associated data.  The use of  IBM storage system at Coriell scales more cost effectively than traditional disk storage and, as a result of using  IBM’s low-cost storage technology, Coriell has reduced its information storage costs by 30 percent.

Banking On Genetics

In order to meet the challenges of a biobanking center that supports national and international scientific research, Coriell also looked to IBM to provide a process tracking system to quickly and easily adapt to the nuances of such a diverse biological collection.

Layered with Coriell’s inventory management system, IBM software allows Coriell to electronically track each sample as it moves through various laboratory processes. These samples vary greatly in type, disease state, age, and other characteristics, and the ability to quickly pinpoint the location and specific processing stage of a particular sample provides a key advantage to Coriell.

“Globalization has created an enormous opportunity for small to midsize firms such as Coriell to collaborate with research centers around the world.  As advanced technologies have become affordable and available, Coriell is able to keep costs down and increase efficiency while also driving innovation in the area of personalized medicine,” said Andy Monshaw, general manager of IBM’s Global Midmarket Business. “Aligning the right technology infrastructure to meet its Big Data challenges, Coriell is well positioned to promote tomorrow’s medicines and treatments to help usher in a new era of medicine.”

The complete Coriell solution is powered by IBM technology that includes IBM XIV Storage System, IBM Tivoli Maximo, IBM Tivoli Netcool and IBM WebSphere Lombardi Edition.

Written by turbotodd

July 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Help Desks In The Clouds

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More IBM clouds are on the horizon.

Today, IBM announced the availability of some new online software services from our Tivoli business that will help provide improved automation and control of IT Service desk functions.

The new solution, which will be offered as a monthly subscription offering, can help organizations large and small with their help desks, which often deal with labor-intensive services like onboarding new hires, fixing laptops, and resolving IT issues.

Many companies struggle with slow, inefficient service request handling because the the core their application support, networking, facilities an IT assets aren’t integrated and depend on manual updates.  Yet IBM estimates that only 5 percent of service and support issues are resolved by self-service, making automation and integration crucial for service management.

To help meet this demand for automating IT service functions, IBM Tivoli Live – service manager will allow clients to start small with IT Service Desk functionality and grow into more extensive IT automation services as a company’s needs change.

Since IBM Tivoli Live –service manager is delivered on the IBM Cloud and based on a subscription model, the service reduces the complexity and management required by on-premise deployment.

There is no need to purchase hardware, software licenses or engage in extensive software configuration. This software-as-a-service is based on IBM’s on-premise, enterprise software that hundreds of clients use today.

In addition to choosing which IT processes clients want to automate first, they can also choose which ones they want to access through the cloud or deploy on-premise.

Unlike competitors, IBM offers software-as-a-service that integrates IT Service Desk with monitoring services that manages the health and performance of IT resources, including operating systems, virtualized servers, middleware and software applications.

This is available by integrating Tivoli Live – service manager with Tivoli Live – monitoring service, offering clients a fully integrated service management environment.

You can learn more about this new offering here.

Written by turbotodd

December 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Secure By Design

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Here’s a couple of sound bytes for you that were shared earlier today at the Rational Innovate conference down in Orlando:

  • 49% of web apps have vulnerabilities.
  • 67% of web apps with vulnerabilities did not have a patch at end of 2009.

Yowser.  If that doesn’t give you the web security hee bee jee bees, I’m not sure what will.

Facing a rapidly changing and increasingly sophisticated threat environment, and the adoption of new computing paradigms such as cloud computing, organizations are searching for new ways to handle increased risk and complexity.  

Businesses and governments around the world are making investments in new technologies and business models that make them more efficient, agile and competitive.

However, these new technologies are also introducing new risks that are compromising critical infrastructures, privacy and identity, requiring organizations to rethink how they deal with compliance, risk management and data protection.

IBM has been working hard in the background on improving security capabilities for business, and today introduced several new pieces of software, and services, that help organizations build security into the initial design of their applications – as opposed to bolting it on as an afterthought when it becomes much more costly to fix.

Central to IBM’s approach to addressing clients’ security challenges is a shift in focus from securing assets to securing critical services. IBM’s Secure By Design initiative and IBM Security Services are helping clients build security into the fabric of the services they deliver, making security intrinsic to their business processes, product development and daily operations, while addressing emerging compliance constructs.

Today’s announcements from Orlando include several new offerings that can help organizations lower cost and reduce risk:

  • Access Management: Software that can help organizations provide users with secure access to their servers, applications and environments, across new service delivery platforms, including cloud computing;
  • Security Testing: Software that enables businesses to automatically test source code and identify potential security and compliance risks during the earliest stages of software development;
  • Source Code Assessment Services: Services that help clients assess their application security, identify vulnerabilities and provide recommendations for resolution;
  • Secure Engineering Framework: A proven blueprint for building and deploying secure software.

New Software to Secure Access and Execute Security Policies

As customers drive new Web-based services and portal initiatives, they must balance the growing need for exposing data with the ability to provide secure access to these critical resources on a need to know basis.

Today, IBM introduced new updates for the Tivoli Access Manager family to help organizations provide centralized authentication, policy management and access control services across several new service delivery platforms, such as cloud computing and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) as well as complex portal and Web application environments.

These new updates can also help protect access to critical data across an organization. As delivery models continue to shift and cause more complexity, these new enhancements can help organizations securely manage access to business-critical applications and data while giving users fast, convenient access to the information they need.

New Software to Identify Security Vulnerabilities at the Source Code Level

Building on the momentum of its recent acquisition of security vendor Ounce Labs, IBM is further strengthening its security portfolio today by introducing AppScan Source Edition, a new addition to its Web application security and compliance portfolio.

This new version of AppScan provides a comprehensive solution for organizations concerned about correcting security vulnerabilities in applications before they go live, when they are less costly to fix. 

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To address the aforementioned attacks, businesses should take a more holistic approach to designing critical applications and services with security woven in at the earliest stages of development. The traditional "bolt-on" approach of adding on security after systems are developed or implemented is no longer effective.

The AppScan family combines the static code analysis testing expertise from Ounce Labs with Rational’s existing dynamic testing capabilities to allow organizations to adopt security analysis across the software development lifecycle (SDLC), from design, through coding and into production.

Designed to deliver faster analysis and better triage of results with greater accuracy, AppScan Source Edition offers clients expanded support for several development languages, the ability to manage more than one million findings and integrations that enable enterprise & regulatory compliance reporting and better collaboration.

The AppScan product family is the only portfolio that offers both static and dynamic analysis testing in one solution.

New Source Code Assessment Services 

For organizations that lack in-house application security expertise or prefer to outsource testing security assessments, IBM today is also launching Application Source Code Security Assessment.  These new services are designed to help clients understand and improve their regulatory compliance and reduce risk by providing a baseline assessment of the source code of applications to encourage building security into the SDLC.

Through this new service, IBM consultants test applications for clients, identify security vulnerabilities and provide recommendations for prioritization and detailed remediation steps to resolve the vulnerabilities.

Best Practices for Designing Secure Software Products

To help clients, IT companies, academics, etc. implement a secure, end-to-end approach to product delivery, IBM has recently published "Security in Development: The IBM Secure Engineering Framework."

The framework provides best practices around security that are increasingly a requirement for developing products and applications that run in the world’s digital infrastructure.

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IBM’s new Secure Engineering Framework helps clients implement a secure, end-to-end approach to product delivery.

Attention to security is required across both the global supply chain and the development processes to deliver products that have appropriate security characteristics and resistance to vulnerabilities. The goal of this framework is to enable greater collaboration with others in the industry, standards bodies and governments around the world to refine how organizations approach security.

IBM’s approach to security helps customers manage risk from end-to-end, across all five security focus areas: data and information; application and process; people and identity; network, server and end point; and physical infrastructure.

Visit here to learn more about other strategic announcements emerging from the IBM Innovate 2010 conference.

Written by turbotodd

June 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Finding Your Way Through The IBM Cloud

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Greetings from the Austin Hilton.  It’s the last and final day of SXSW Interactive 2010.

My digits are numbed, my pixels depixellated, my neutrons no longer firing…all of which is a good thing considering that I have to speak this afternoon here at the Hilton.

Folks keep asking me where I’ll be speaking about “Smarter Social Media,” and the answer is Hilton Salon D, 4th Floor.  The session’s an extended one, from 3:30 CST until around 6:00.

I’ll likely go on somewhere near the 5 o’clock hour, but it’s one of those sessions that it’s difficult to know exactly.  Look for our panel chair, Adam Lavelle (Chief Strategy Officer of search firm iCrossing), and follow the bouncing ball.

Of course, I’m never too busy to mention some great news emerging from behind the Big Blue firewall.

Today, IBM announced plans to go online with its commercial cloud service for software development and testing.

IBM, which already delivers a test and development cloud, is now allowing enterprise and government clients to test and develop on an IBM Cloud.

Following a successful beta program, IBM is working with partners in cloud management, cloud security and software development and testing support to provide businesses with a unique mix of flexibility, scalability, enterprise-grade security and control for development and test on the IBM Cloud.

Here’s a sound byte: The average enterprise devotes up to 50 percent of its entire technology infrastructure to development and test…and yet typically up to 90 percent of it remains idle.

IBM has seen that taking advantage of cloud computing within development and testing environments can help reduce IT labor costs by 50 percent, improve quality and drastically reduce time to market.

IBM’s enterprise-friendly approach to cloud complements clients’ current data centers and traditional development efforts, helping clients:

  • Reduce provision cycle times from weeks to minutes
  • Eliminate software defects by up to 30 percent.
  • Reduce time required for test and quality assurance
  • Enable rapid redeployment of environments across multiple IT projects

PayPal, the e-payment service, is extending its global payments platform, PayPal X into the cloud.

PayPal is working with the IBM Cloud Labs to allow its ecosystem of developers to not only innovate on the IBM cloud, but to quickly monetize new applications developed and made available via smart phones.

“We want to provide a very simple way to make payments available on all platforms including mobile applications,” said Osama Bedier, PayPal’s vice president of platform and emerging technologies. “The IBM cloud provides a platform for developers to come together as a community, to create, develop and test new applications. We look forward to seeing the payments innovations our developers create through the IBM cloud and bringing the wallet into the cloud.”

Having heard the interest being expressed in cloud testing by customers at the recent IBM Pulse 2010 conference, this is exciting news and also great to hear the likes of PayPay taking advantage of this new capability.

You can learn more about this and our new cloud partnership services here.

Written by turbotodd

March 16, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Live @ Pulse 2010: Second Day Buzz

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Greetings from 5:47 A.M. Las Vegas time, live in my room at the MGM Signature.

Yesterday was a great start to Pulse 2010, I must say.  There was quite a buzz in the air, and even though I was stuck in the MGM “biosphere” for the entirety of the day, I found the content of the opening session and Al Gore’s keynote to be quite compelling.

And the demo of The Venetian and its “smart” city-within-a-city was particularly compelling, and judging from the Twitter comments I saw, you all in the audience really enjoyed it as well.  If you wish to show the demo to your colleagues back at the office, you can view it here on YouTube.

As part of yesterday’s festivities, IBM made some key announcements, including around the notion of building smarter buildings.

As I already posted, IBM has partnered with Johnson Controls to optimize energy usage and improve security for clients in more than 150 countries.  This new smart building solution will help clients improve asset performance, sustainability, productivity, and safety across buildings and portfolios of buildings.

“Smarter buildings are key to the economic and environmental sustainability of urban environments,” said Rich Lechner, vice president, Energy and Environment for IBM, about the announcement. “Real-time infrastructure data coupled with analytics can enable better economic decisions and environmental outcomes. Together with an array of partners, we are delivering this value to clients today.”

IBM also announced it is working with Ricoh on an advanced device and printing management system which infuses office devices with real-time tracking and monitoring to help firms significantly reduce their print-related costs, improve service and also cut back on carbon emissions.

Gartner has estimated organizations can save between 10 and 30 percent of their printing costs if they better manage their printer, copier, and fax fleets.

You can keep up with all the Pulse-related announcements on this page here.

As for getting Tuesday off to a similarly roaring start, don’t forget this morning’s keynote session will be co-hosted by IBM Chief Privacy Officer and VP, Security Counsel, Harriet Pearson, and IBM System and Technology Group GM Helene Armitage.

Harriet and Helene will explore how integrated service management can meet the needs of a smarter planet, with a particular eye on the practical concerns of managing growth, reducing costs and ensuring security.

See you at the MGM Grand Arena!

Written by turbotodd

February 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm

IBM to Acquire Intelliden

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IBM announced today it has acquired Intelliden Inc., a leading provider of intelligent network automation software.

Intelliden is a privately held company  based in Menlo Park, Calif. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Intelliden provides network automation solutions, which are becoming essential for enterprises to automate the configuration of thousands of manually managed network devices like hubs, routers and switches from dozens of vendors.

These solutions also can automate an array of network services that are increasingly important to virtual and cloud-based applications.

Analysts estimate that more than 60 percent of network outages are caused by manual configuration errors.

By acquiring this automation technology, IBM aims to help clients improve network service availability, decrease risk through compliance reporting and improve staff efficiency.

Intelliden’s solutions have been proven at leading service providers and enterprises including Cbeyond, Scotia Capital, Telecom Italia and TELUS.

This acquisition is expected to further strengthen IBM’s service management portfolio by offering unmatched, comprehensive solutions for automation and optimization of digital and physical assets.

This includes full-service lifecycle management of network devices, IT, data center and physical assets as diverse as water mains, railway cars and even door locks.

Intelliden technology will be integrated into IBM Tivoli Software, which helps clients integrate service delivery across organizational boundaries – providing the visibility, control and automation to accelerate business growth.

The IBM Software Group has made more than 50 acquisitions since 2003.

This acquisition comes just a few days in advance of the IBM Pulse 2010 event in Las Vegas, Nevada, which will focus on service management and related topics.

You can learn more about this latest acquisition here.

Written by turbotodd

February 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm

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