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New offering from IBM designed to free firms from ‘vendor lock-in’

IBM Corp. today released the Proventia Endpoint Secure Control (ESC), which the company says enables enterprises to...


March 11, 2009  


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IBM Corp. today released the Proventia Endpoint Secure Control (ESC), which the company says enables enterprises to escape from the constraints of vendor lock-in and enhance endpoint security, compliance and operations at a lower cost.

 

“Companies today face a dilemma, they either have to choose between managing dozens of point security products separately to meet their needs or lock into one vendor who does not,” the company said.

 

“The single vendor suites in the marketplace are often a result of multiple security acquisitions that haven’t been adequately integrated so that customers still need to manage separate point products. Further, the strategy that locks-in clients to one provider allows vendors to remain complacent instead of innovating to provide the strongest security on the market. Both scenarios can mean rising operational and licensing costs for customers, and fall short when it comes to providing best-of-breed security.

IBM Proventia Endpoint Secure Control includes intrusion prevention systems (IPS), firewall and network access control; data protection such as device control, data loss prevention and endpoint encryption; security configuration, and compliance management; as well as IT security operations such as security patch management.

 

“The killer application in endpoint security is management,” said Dan Powers, vice president of business development at IBM Internet Security Systems. “Historically, enterprises have had to make tradeoffs between consolidated security management and best-of-breed technology for endpoint security.”