IBM beefs up its security offerings

by CXOtoday News Desk    Oct 18, 2012

ibmsecurityIBM recently announced a range of security offerings in the market that are designed to address the security needs of enterprises in the areas of cloud, mobile and big data. With this launch IBM also claims that it is among the first to offer data security solutions for Hadoop and other big data environments.

The new IBM InfoSphere Guardium v9 for Hadoop extends the Guardium database monitoring capabilities and covers real time security and vulnerability monitoring. It was the result of IBM’s takeover of Guardium in 2009. As the software works with both structured and unstructured databases and has an automatic compliance and data privacy reporting system, it can be used for big data analysis projects.

“A major shift is taking place in how organizations protect data. Today, data resides everywhere—mobile devices, in the cloud, on social media platforms. This is creating massive amounts of data, forcing organizations to move beyond a traditional siloed perimeter to a multi-perimeter approach in which security intelligence is applied closer to the target,” said Brendan Hannigan, General Manager, IBM Security Systems.

He explained that as information grows in volume, variety, and velocity, enterprises are looking beyond relational data sources to find insights, to make businesses more agile and to answer questions that were previously considered beyond their reach. Today, state of the art technologies including Hadoop based environments have opened the door to a world of possibilities. At the same time, as companies ingest more data, they face significant risks across a complex threat landscape and they are subject to a growing number of compliance regulations. Traditional approaches to data protection are often unable to meet these requirements.

According to the company, the new system now provides real time monitoring and automated compliance reporting for Hadoop based systems such as InfoSphere BigInsights and Cloudera.
The other key products include IBM Security Access Manager for Cloud and Mobile that is designed to support single-sign-on to cloud-based applications from mobile devices and IBM SmartCloud for Patch Management, a cloud-based service for automating patching of enterprise applications.