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IBM Center for Government Cybersecurity to help agencies navigate current and future threats

Convenes advisory group of former government officials for expanded expertise

IBM today announced that it is creating the IBM Center for Government Cybersecurity, a collaborative environment focused on helping federal agencies address current and future cybersecurity threats. The center will facilitate events and learnings, drawing on IBM's cybersecurity expertise from delivering software and managed services to over 17,500 security customers globally. Working with a group of internal IBM experts and external advisors, including former government officials with decades of cybersecurity experience, the center will leverage IBM technology and host workshops focused on priorities such as zero trust frameworks and cloud security, complemented by access to IBM Research labs to collaborate around the future of encryption.

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IBM Cloud Pak for Security adds to its zero trust capabilities; new blueprints and expanded partner integrations to simplify zero trust adoption

IBM Security today introduced a new Software as a Service (SaaS) version of IBM Cloud Pak for Security, designed to simplify how organizations deploy a zero trust architecture across the enterprise. The company also announced an alliance partnership with leading cloud and network security provider, Zscaler, and new blueprints for common zero trust use cases.

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HCL CyberSecurity Fusion Centers to Leverage IBM Cloud Pak for Security for Unified Threat Management

Today IBM Security announced it has collaborated with HCL Technologies (HCL) to help unify and streamline threat management for clients via a modernized security operation center (SOC) platform. HCL's Cybersecurity Fusion Centers will be designed to take advantage of IBM's Cloud Pak for Security, to help create a unified security platform to connect security teams, tools and processes across the threat lifecycle. This collaboration builds on HCL and IBM's recent alliance expansion to help organizations with digital transformation.

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Ransomware Group Banks Millions; Cloudy Forecast Amid 40% Rise in Open-Source Malware in 2020; Social Distancing "Must Have" Tools Dominate Top Spoofed Brands

IBM Security today released the 2021 X-Force Threat Intelligence Index highlighting how cyberattacks evolved in 2020 as threat actors sought to profit from the unprecedented socioeconomic, business and political challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, IBM Security X-Force observed attackers pivoting their attacks to businesses for which global COVID-19 response efforts heavily relied, such as hospitals, medical and pharmaceutical manufacturers, as well as energy companies powering the COVID-19 supply chain.

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New IBM study shows nearly 60% of school staff are unprepared for cybersecurity threats - lack of training, awareness, budget and virtual learning identified as major issues

IBM today announced in-kind grants valued at $3 million to help strengthen cybersecurity in schools. These grants will be awarded to six school districts in the United States to sponsor teams of IBMers to help them proactively prepare for and respond to cyberattacks. Services will be delivered by teams deployed via IBM's Service Corps Program. The grant is being announced following a December alert from the FBI warning that nearly 60% of reported ransomware incidents between August and September 2020 involved K-12 schools, a 29% jump from the months prior.

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Vulnerability management and threat assessment solutions build on existing suite to give organizations end-to-end infrastructure protection

HelpSystems announced today the acquisition of Digital Defense, a leader in vulnerability management and threat assessment solutions. Digital Defense’s cloud-native vulnerability scanning engine gives organizations in healthcare, legal, financial services, and other industries the ability to proactively detect infrastructure security gaps and take effective remediation steps to safeguard against internal and external cyberthreats. As part of HelpSystems’ cybersecurity portfolio, Digital Defense joins Core Security and Cobalt Strike to establish a comprehensive, best-in-class security assessment toolkit.

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Security today announced that it was recognized as a leader in The Forrester Wave: Security Analytics Platforms, Q4 2020 report. Released today, the report evaluated 11 of the top Security Analytic providers, with IBM ranking highest in the current offering category compared to other vendors, and Forrester noting that IBM is "building an open security platform on the cloud."

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IBM announced today that the company has been recognized as a Leader in three market reports evaluating Managed Security Services Providers. Profiling IBM's strategies and capabilities in managed security services are:

  • "The Forrester Wave: Global Managed Security Services Providers, Q3 2020" by Forrester Research: IBM Security Services received the highest score in the strategy category and among the highest in the market presence category and second highest in the current offering category.
  • "The Forrester Wave: European Managed Security Services Providers, Q3 2020", by Forrester Research: IBM Security Services was top ranked in two categories – current offering and strategy with the highest score possible in the third-market presence.
  • "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Managed Security Services 2020 Vendor Assessment" (Doc # US46235320, September 2020): IBM Security Services was cited for its key strengths as a global scale partner with local delivery capabilities able to address customer needs such as the journey to cloud, application security, threat intelligence and threat management operations.
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