- Global Survey Finds Use of More Than 50 Security Tools Leads to Less-Effective Security Response

- Majority of Organizations Don't Have Specific Plans for Common and Emerging Attacks

IBM Security announced the results of a global report examining businesses' effectiveness in preparing for and responding to cyberattacks. While organizations surveyed have slowly improved in their ability to plan for, detect and respond to cyberattacks over the past five years, their ability to contain an attack has declined by 13% during this same period. The global survey conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by IBM Security found that respondents' security response efforts were hindered by the use of too many security tools, as well as a lack of specific playbooks for common attack types.
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X-Force Red Expands Testing Practice to Help Organizations Strengthen Work from Home Security

IBM Security released findings from a study focused on the behaviors and security risks of those new to working from home (WFH) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study shows more than 80% of respondents either rarely worked from home or not at all prior to the pandemic, and, in turn, more than half are now doing so with no new security policies to help guide them. This shift to working from home has exposed new security risks and has left nearly 50% of those employees worried about impending cyber threats in their new home office settings.

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Two thirds of government employees surveyed concerned about cyberattacks on their workplace, threats against elections among top concerns in 2020

IBM Security today released the results of a new poll of U.S. city and state employees which examines their preparedness for dealing with cyberattacks. The study found that 73% of government employees surveyed are concerned about impending ransomware threats to cities across the country, and more employees fear of cyberattacks to their community than natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

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Kisco Information Systems ( today announces Release 7 of its popular iFileAudit security product for the IBM i family of servers. iFileAudit is an audit tool for tracking changes to files in native IBM i databases at the field content level.

New audit tracking information has been added to iFileAudit allowing customers to track the source IP address of the user making a database change, the port number used and the library name for the program that was used to make database the change.

A new option that customer can use to specifically avoid placing any customer data in the QTEMP library has been added. Data in this library cannot be included for encryption purposes and several customers do not want any of their data stored without being encrypted.

Release 7 also supports installation of the software in a customer Auxiliary Storage Pool (ASP) other than the default system ASP. For security reasons, several customers requested this improvement.

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More Individualized Approach Helps Optimize Both Security & User Experience

IBM Security today announced it is extending its artificial intelligence (AI) technology originally developed to protect users in the financial services industry, to clients in all industries via the company's identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) offering. IBM Cloud Identity now features AI-based adaptive access capabilities that help continually assess employee or consumer user risk levels when accessing applications and services. The solution escalates suspicious user interactions for further authentication, while those identified as lower risk are "fast tracked" so they can access applications and services they need.

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Industry-first capability to hunt threats across security tools and clouds without moving data

IBM announces Cloud Pak for Security, featuring industry-first innovations to connect with any security tool, cloud or on-premise system, without moving data from its original source. Available today, the platform includes open-source technology for hunting threats, automation capabilities to help speed response to cyberattacks, and the ability to run in any environment.

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IBM today announced IBM z15™, a new enterprise platform delivering the ability to manage the privacy of customer data across hybrid multicloud environments. With z15, clients can manage who gets access to data via policy-based controls, with an industry-first capability to revoke access to data across the hybrid cloud.

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