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Cisco and IBM partner to tackle cloud security threats

Wed 31 May 2017

IBM and Cisco have announced a new partnership which will see the two tech giants collaborate to help customers tackle growing cyber threats.

By sharing threat intelligence and developing technology integrations, the companies hope to offer support for customers looking to boost their cybersecurity posture.

An IBM press release detailed that Cisco would tie its security solutions into IBM’s QRadar security intelligence platform. The company suggested that the integration would bolster security across networks, endpoints and cloud environments.

According to the statement, the first two applications produced through the partnership will be tailored to helping security teams understand and respond to advanced threats, and will be made available on the IBM Security App Exchange.

In addition, Cisco’s Threat Grid will benefit from a link to the IBM Resilient Incident Response Platform (IRP), giving customers clearer insights into threats and the opportunity to accelerate their response times.

Both firms’ threat intelligence teams, IBM X-Force and Cisco Talos, will also work alongside each other on new research projects. The two units have previously collaborated to exchange intelligence on the recent WannaCry ransomware attacks.

“Having our IBM X-Force and Cisco Talos teams collaborating is a tremendous advantage for the good guys in the fight against cybercrime,” said Marc van Zadelhoff, general manager at IBM Security.

On announcing the partnership, Cisco referenced a survey in which it had questioned 3,000 chief security officers. The company found that 65% of organisations typically use between six and 50 different security products, leading to complexities which over-stretched security teams cannot manage effectively.

The new Cisco/IBM relationship promises to reduce the time to detect and mitigate threats, offering companies integrated tools to automate threat response with greater speed and accuracy.

“In cybersecurity, taking a data-driven approach is the only way to stay ahead of the threats impacting your business,” commented Bill Heinrich, Chief Information Security Director at BNSF Railway.

Heinrich added that the Cisco and IBM integration offers a “more open and collaborative approach,” which is an “important step for the industry and our ability to defend ourselves against cybercrime.”

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