IBM Looks to the Future with IT Security: QRadar Becomes A Beacon

The average cost of a simple enterprise data breach is $3.5 million and in the case of deliberate, targeted attacks, the average cost to the company is typically $9.4 million for damages to the brands specifically.  This is the average, some data breaches are more expensive.  Past major breaches cost TJX $250 million and Heartland $140 million.  The intrusion at Target had a considerably higher cost, Target will have to spend $300 million to cover legal costs and to fix the various issues that have arisen. This problem with security happens in spite of what many companies like Symantec and Kaspersky provide for computer security.  Clearly more is needed.   Now IBM has come to the market with a better data security solution.  IBM has found its way in the mist of cloud computing and uproar brought by the impending advent of 9.5 billion smart phones by 2020 and the replacement of PCs by tablets to center itself on fixing the security vulnerabilities that are so incessant in the data industry. While the soothsayers have been speaking of the impending demise of IBM as a viable entity,  we now know they are wrong.  The bombarding is over.  Criticisms and doom saying over IBM prospects will shift to more positive modes as IBM finds its single strength - IT security.  The need for security touches all computing.  QRadar as become a beacon of fraud detection, a dominant force in preventing IT fraud, working to prevent fraud from inside the firewall and intrusion from outside the firewall.  IBM QRadar can use a market leading system to prevent fraud.  IBM is using a sophisticated system in response to solving a complex problem.   QRadar works to prevent, detect and fix issues all at the same time. IBM QRadar is the companion of RacF.  IBM RacF is the standby product that will not go away, just like the mainframe, and the cat came back, and the mainframe came back bringing enormous capability for enterprise security along with distributed computing security solutions that extend the universal capabilities already in place.. IBM has rolled out a new security suite, security services available a little too late for the Target CEO who lost his job over the incredible security breach into his Internet end points.  New IBM security products and services are aimed at preventing big data theft like Target experienced.

The new IBM threat protection system product suite and the critical data protection program IT services can protect enterprises against data theft.   IBM security suite stands on the premier server of the industry the System z.  RACF (Resource Access Control Facility) is the IBM security management product for its large server.  RACF allows an enterprise to manage the biggest security threat in most enterprises: destruction of computing resources by its own employees.  Since its first release in 1976, RACF has screened millions of mainframe users.
RACF gives access to a computer system only to users who have the authorization to use a requested resource (such as a file, a printer queue, space to run a program, and so forth). To do this, RACF identifies and authenticates a user, determines the resources to which the user is authorized, and logs and reports attempts to get access to protected resources by unauthorized users. Cyber criminals made an intrusion into point-of-sale systems at Target.  This led to the theft of 40 million credit cards and personal data on 70 million people. While the company's CIO was replaced earlier, the chairman and CEO Gregg Steinhafel is now stepping down as well. IBM's new and improved security products go beyond perimeter firewalls and signature-based defenses, and use behavioral analytics and other advanced methods to defend against attacks.  Breaches, general attacks, and targeted attacks can be protected against by IBM. The IBM Threat Protection System includes a new Trusteer Apex tool designed for zapping malware in endpoints and improvements to the IBM Network Protection security appliance for quarantining against attacks.  The QRadar Security Intelligence platform has improved ability to detect attacks and block them. It includes a security QRadar Incident Forensics.  This suite can be monitored by IBM from its security operations centers on behalf of customers who purchase it.