Collaboration Among Security Vendors Is the Threat Management Solution of the Future

Cyberattackers are getting stronger by the day and collaborating among themselves to come up with new attacks by the minute. They share information about their intended victims, including user IDs, passwords, personal information, social circles and other intelligence.

Given the complexity of the average customer security environment, it is more important than ever for security vendors to collaborate to address this challenge. An effective threat management solution requires a multivendor approach that involves collaboration, AI, orchestration, intelligence and expertise to beat the bad guys.

The Mandate for Multivendor Collaboration

Threat management as we’ve known it consists of often disparate security products feeding event logs into a security information and event management (SIEM) platform for correlation. Going forward, the challenge at hand will require increased visibility and control over various security products within the ecosystem to monitor threats and incidents. Ideally, a threat is identified and tracked through the life cycle itself — where real-time visibility leads to actionable insights and expertise to help security teams recover faster.

Given the prevalence of multivendor environments within networks, today’s customers require an effective orchestration solution that allows them to track threats and incidents along the way, using products that were originally designed to work independently as part of a centralized threat management solution.

A Threat Management Solution for the Future

The point product panacea of the past will soon give way to the integrated threat management solution of the future. Customers will need to work with skilled systems integrators who understand all the products within the solution, from the network to the endpoint, and can add intelligence and automation along the way to ensure a seamless handoff and interoperability.

IBM’s new X-Force Threat Management solution meets these objectives. Based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework, the solution uses patented risk scoring and automation based on policy, enabling faster response to real threats. The offering is built in collaboration with IBM’s extensive partner ecosystem, including Carbon Black, Crowdstrike, Palo Alto Networks, Cisco, Fortinet, Checkpoint and others.

To learn more about the IBM X-Force Threat Management solution and our partner ecosystem, read the solution brief and attend an exclusive live webinar on May 29.

Register for the May 29 webinar: Discover the Integration of Expertise, AI and Orchestration

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Michael Massimi

Global Program Director, Channels & Alliances, IBM Security Services

As the Global Program Director for Security Services Channels & Alliances within IBM’s Security Division, Michael Massimi is responsible for managing the worldwide alliance/channel sales and strategy for the entire IBM Security Services portfolio, including Managed Security Services, Cloud Security Solutions and Security Consulting. Michael has more than 20 years experience in the information technology industry, including business development roles within data communications, wireless and security. Earlier in his career, Michael also participated in two successful venture capital backed companies that resulted in an Initial Public Offering and acquisitions. Michael holds a Bachelors Degree (BA) in Communications and a Minor in Public Relations from Bradford College. In addition, Michael is also an IBM Inventor with a US Patents for Video Conferencing, Wireless Security and IPTV/OTT. Michael and his family enjoy various outdoor activities and are currently residing in Hamilton, Massachusetts.