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IBM Helps Organizations Secure Mobile and Instrumented Devices – Smartphones, Meters and Beyond

ARMONK, N.Y. Feb. 9, 2011 IBM

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Today, IBM is unveiling new research projects, software, and services partnerships to help organizations better manage the security of their increasingly intelligent, interconnected and intelligent infrastructures.  Highlights include:

  • New endpoint management software to secure PCs, laptops and point-of-sale devices such as ATMs and retail kiosks;
  • Investments in R&D to secure mobile smartphones such as Android-based devices, and smart meters; and

Steve Robinson

Computing endpoints are proliferating daily to include sensors, water systems, mobile devices, cars, electric grids, transportation systems and cities. As corporate infrastructures continue to interact with these endpoints, which reside outside of their organization, the demand for greater security controls is growing.

Protecting Endpoints throughout the Enterprise

Tivoli Endpoint Manager

Tivoli Endpoint Manager

Protecting Mobile Devices

While the influx of personal mobile devices on corporate networks is bringing convenience and efficiency to many employees and companies, it can also raise concerns for organizations as they struggle to manage the security risks associated with these new devices accessing their networks. To enable clients to more securely manage their mobile workforce:

  • IBM researchers and developers are also prototyping new technologies to seamlessly manage security and compliance challenges involving mobile smart phones, such as Android-based devices. Using a single management platform, organizations will be able to extend management across any mobile device on their network.   With the ability to install in minutes, customers will quickly be able to remotely set policies, monitor employees devices to identify potential data compromise and wipe data off the devices if they are lost or stolen.

Protecting Instrumented Endpoints — Smart Meters

In another R&D project, IBM researchers are also identifying ways to help customers secure instrumented endpoints for smart electrical meters. By 2015, it is expected that more than 300 million smart meters will be deployed worldwide.(2)   While smart meters have great potential for cost-savings and efficiency, their ability to sense and interact with other devices can also cause them to be vulnerable to security breaches if not managed correctly. Through this new project, IBM is now able to demonstrate for clients how software can be used to manage and secure a meter remotely, while helping to ensure they are also tamper proof.

IBM Security Solutions

IBM Security Solutions

Following the acquisitions of Watchfire, Ounce Labs, Telelogic, and BigFix, IBM continues to grow its portfolio of capabilities designed to strengthen the security of smarter devices. With more than 40-years of security development and innovation, IBM is the only company with the breadth and depth of research, products, services, consulting and global business partners to deliver end-to-end security.  IBM has nine worldwide research labs innovating security technology and nine security operations centers around the world to help global clients maintain the appropriate security posture.

(1) "Worldwide Endpoint Security 2010-2014 Forecast and 2009 Vendor Shares. IDC #225759" IDC, November 2010.

(2) "Smart Metering 2010." Berg Insight. August 2010.


Faye Abloeser

IBM Media Relations


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Darcy Hansen

IBM Media Relations


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