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AT&T and IBM Partner on Cyber Security Management


ATT and IBM announced a new partnership that the two companies say will offer customers a simplified, single-source for network security and threat management.

According to an announcement on Tuesday, the two tech giants will offer business customers a joint service that combines security network infrastructure with advanced threat monitoring and analytics along with on-premise and next-generation cloud-managed security capabilities.

Under the partnership, ATT and IBM say the joint offering will provide customer benefits including:

• Reduced costs and minimized complexities

• Advanced visibility with intelligence and control across diverse IT environments

• Simplified infrastructure with less need for security hardware, licenses, and maintenance

While ATT and IBM each operate their own significant IT security operations, they say the partnership will create a powerful security intelligence source.

Specific elements of the new offering include Network Security Infrastructure and Managed Security Services from ATT, including network-based firewall, IDS/IPS, web filtering, secure email gateway, and distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection services for security devices managed on premise or in the ATT cloud.

IBM brings to the table its Network Security Consulting to assess and transform network security; IBM Security Monitoring and Threat Intelligence for threat detection and response; and IBM Emergency Response Services for around-the-clock security expert support in responding to sophisticated attacks and helping customers remediate them.

“With today’s constantly changing threat environment, companies need cost-effective solutions that provide end-to-end protection alongside real-time monitoring and response operations,” said Andy Daudelin, VP, Security Services, ATT Business Solutions. “We’ve created an unparalleled solution with the combined strength, reliability, and agility of ATT network-based security services and IBM threat intelligence and analytics.”

“Organizations are finding great benefits with hybrid IT strategies that blend mobile, cloud-based and on-premise IT resources,” said Kris Lovejoy, General Manager, IBM Security Services. “But securing these infrastructures can be complicated without a single, integrated management system that avoids creating silos of security data making it almost impossible to uniformly monitor security threats across environments.”


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