CUPERTINO, Calif. - Feb. 18, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced IBM's Managed Security Services will deploy Symantec Intruder Alert as its host-based intrusion detection solution to help secure IBM customer's e-business infrastructure. This new global service enhances IBM's ability to detect unauthorized access and take action in real-time to prevent customers from suffering the potential damage caused by unwanted intrusions. As part of the agreement, Symantec will provide IBM with service level agreements to react quickly to customer issues.
"Today's Internet security threats are becoming increasingly more complex and require a multi-tiered security plan," said Todd Gordon, general manager and vice president of IBM Global Services Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery division. "Symantec's Intruder Alert is a highly reliable, host-based solution for IBM's managed security services customers. The integration of Intruder Alert into IBM's 24x7 management services offering allows us to take immediate action against unauthorized system access."
"As the largest dedicated information security company in the world, Symantec brings exceptional security expertise and the highest quality intrusion detection solution to IBM's Managed Security Services customers," said Gary LaTulip, vice president of North American Strategic Sales at Symantec.
IBM will leverage Symantec Intruder Alert's capabilities to provide a powerful first line of defense in IBM's Web-hosting environment. IBM extends this secure infrastructure by using its own Tivoli Risk Manager to correlate and manage security information from a variety of security devices and technologies, including anti-virus, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems. The software enables the correlation of alerts, immediate attack response and proactive diagnosis and assessment of security across customers' environments.
Symantec Intruder Alert 3.6 is a host-based, real-time intrusion monitoring system that detects unauthorized activity and security breaches and responds automatically. If Intruder Alert detects a threat, it sounds an alarm or takes other countermeasures according to pre-established security policies in order to prevent information loss or theft. From a central console, administrators can create, update, and deploy policies and securely collect and archive audit logs for incident analysis, all while maintaining the availability and integrity of systems. As a complement to firewalls and other access controls, Intruder Alert enables the development of precautionary security policies that prevent expert hackers or authorized users with malicious intent from misusing systems, applications, and data.
Symantec Intruder Alert 3.6 is a key component of Symantec Enterprise Security, providing any size organization with the technology, global response and services necessary to manage its information security. Symantec's comprehensive solution offers best-of-breed products to protect gateways, servers, and clients with firewall security, virus protection, intrusion detection, vulnerability management and virtual private networking (VPN). Customers benefit from a global network of researchers that provide customers with around-the-clock, immediate response to any new security-related attacks. Symantec Enterprise Security customers are also supported by one of the largest professional security organizations in the world, offering security consulting, security education and managed security services. For more information, please visit Symantec's enterprise Web site at http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com/
IBM Global Services is the world's largest information technology services provider, with approximately 150,000 professionals serving customers in 160 countries and annual revenue of about $35 billion (2001). IBM Global Services integrates IBM's broad range of capabilities -- services, hardware, software and research - to help companies of all sizes realize the full value of information technology. For more information, visit: www.ibm.com/services.
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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