Following is a guest post from Darcy Hansen:
As we turn the corner on the recession, the C-Suite has not stopped thinking about the constant demands on their businesses created by unrelenting factors like global competition, compliance, costs and the introduction of new technologies. The explosion of information from various sources including the Internet, adoption of mobile devices like iPads connected to the network combined with growing inter-connectedness of people and processes generates new business and operational risks. This all means that business and IT security and resiliency as critical as ever, and must be dynamic and intelligent in order to keep up with the speed of business change. So, how do CEOs, CIOs and – perhaps even more importantly – CSOs continue to improve IT performance in their company infrastructures while dealing with all these demands?
A key factor to achieving this is having the right security solutions for a shrinking, changing world. Protecting a company’s infrastructure with the right security approach allows it to take advantage of new technologies for collaboration, innovation and business growth – and respond to the changing dynamics of business more quickly. And IBM managed security services, along with the world-renowned X-Force research team, helps companies achieve that.
The newest addition to IBM’s managed security services infrastructure is found in Bangalore, India, where IBM is opening its ninth global security operations center (SOC). This state-of-the-art facility enhances IBM’s ability to provide managed security services clients with a high level of around-the-clock protection and service against threats. Building upon the global SOC network, clients will receive real-time analysis and early warning notification of security events, along with services such as 24/7/365 intrusion monitoring, virus and password protection and disaster recovery and data backup.
This new addition – which expands IBM’s infrastructure and security research and development activity – is yet another way in which we are expanding our security teams to match the traction and growth in this region of the world. IBM’s security professionals can already look at the billions of security events a day from Japan to India to the United States to Latin America from multiple types of businesses and industries. And the X-Force research team continues to use artificial intelligence, scanning and analysis capabilities to further improve the effectiveness of IBM’s security identification. As director of IBM managed security Rick Miller puts it, “With less downtime and less intense types of remediation provided by the new center, our security R&D and analysis allows us to be quicker and more pre-emptive than we already are.”