With an integrated set of products and solutions and the exchange of information, IBM and CheckPoint want to jointly avert cyber threats in the future.
IBM and Check Point announce the formation of a “Threat Prevention Alliance” known . This brings together two major security vendors for a collaborative approach. Financial details of this cooperation were not disclosed.
The alliance aims to share information about threats. At the same time, IBM and Check Point also want to integrate products. In addition, the two companies want to invest more in the IBM areas for consulting and managed security. According to the association, the two companies want to respond to the trend that more and more companies use different security technologies.
IBM cites United Nations figure that cybercrime, with $ 445 billion in profits, is one of the largest illegal shadow economies. IBM released the X-Force Report for 2015 a few days ago. In it, the company concludes that cybercriminals are becoming ever more professional .
This development should now further reduce the new cooperation between Check Point and IBM Secrity. Not only will companies be able to discover security risks, but they will also be able to fend off attacks before they happen.
Thus, IBM X-Force and Check Point’s security research team will collaborate directly to share intelligence about attack scenarios. Companies will share insights through the IBM X-Force Exchange, a platform for sharing security information. It is possible that this platform and the information stored on it will also feed into the products of both companies.
An integrated event management is also the aim of this cooperation. For example, certain functions can be shared with users via the security platforms in order to be able to react even more quickly to incidents. For example, Check Point will release the new SmartConsole application in the IBM Security App Exchange and integrate it with the IBM Security QRadar Intelligence Platform. This app will report network data and security events from the checkpoint devices to IBM QRadar. Administrators are able to retrieve information about threats in real time.
The cooperation with the Israeli firewall specialist Check Point is also intended to expand the IBM management solution QRadar.
In addition, integration with IBM Maas360, IBM’s Enterprise Mobility Management solution, will enable the management of Check Point Mobile Threat Prevention. It allows security professionals to prevent users with infected devices from accessing the corporate network.
IBM Managed Security Services (MSS) will also benefit from deeper integration with Check Point solutions. In addition, additional Check Point devices for network security from IBM will be supported.
“For cyber criminals, the concept of sharing is nothing new and our industry has to keep up with it,” adds Caleb Barlow, Vice Presidencies Strategy at IBM Security.
Check Point should also be interested in taking over the Cyberark brand , as was experienced a few weeks ago . So far, however, there is no further information.