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IBM Launches New Appliance to Extend Enterprise Security


IBM Network Intrusion Protection System (IPS) GX7800

Notably, the appliance:

  • Operates at an estimated 20 gigabits per second (GBps), almost 2x faster than competitive offerings(1);
  • Provides organizations with a full scope of security protection — such as Web application protection — without disrupting network performance;
  • Extends to the cloud to protect data; and
  • IBM X-Force

Organizations today are facing new security threats everyday whether in the form of unintentional data leaks at the hands of internal staff or malicious viruses, bots and targeted attacks that seek to exploit vulnerabilities throughout the IT infrastructure.  Historically organizations have been forced to choose between either running security protections to defend against these threats or efficiently running business-critical applications — potentially leaving themselves open to attack.  

Steve Robinson

IBM Rational AppScan

IBM Managed Security Services

With the increased performance of the appliance, IBM is also extending its ability to secure data in the cloud and helping clients with their migration to new IT delivery models.  To further assist clients in adopting these capabilities, IBM provides both managed security and consulting services that work closely with clients to address their individual cloud concerns, including: evaluations of the security positioning of planned or existing cloud implementations as well as recommendations for various security strategies.

This new platform provides levels of performance and availability that are well suited to organizations that can’t compromise the security of their networks or the performance of their applications, such as companies within the data-intensive financial services industry where downtime can have disastrous effects.  With support for today’s high-speed 10 gigabit Ethernet networks and a powerful, high-speed security inspection engine, the IBM IPS can also scale to deliver the same protection to cloud providers concerned with protecting not only their own data, but their customers’ data as well.

The protection offered by the appliance is unique in the industry because it enables clients to get ahead of threats to their systems, workstations and endpoints, instead of forcing them to wait until an attack strikes.  This is particularly useful in the case of attacks on Web applications, which represented over 55 percent of all vulnerabilities in the first half of 2010.  Backed by IBM X-Force research, the IBM IPS will extend Virtual Patch protection to block any threat that X-Force researchers deem a potential risk, even before a vulnerability is publicly disclosed and the software publisher issues its patch.

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) According to IBM Internal Benchmarks.


Faye Abloeser

IBM Media Relations

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