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IBM Gives Micromuse Assets The Tivoli Touch

IBM  today illustrated a way companies can keep their computer systems up and running in the face of attacks by malicious outsiders or even employees.

Designed for businesses with heavy computer data traffic, IBM Tivoli Security Operations Manager protects networks by proactively detecting and neutralizing security threats as they happen rather than after the system is harmed.

The software analyzes the security data and prioritizes security incidents in real time, cutting a company's response time from minutes to milliseconds.

Moreover, network performance can be measured against service level agreements signed with customers.

Telco customers and other big businesses have put an emphasis on such proactive security measures because they often support global data networks that must house customer information, sales records and shipping updates for easy access.

And these companies are becoming increasingly aware of major threats, thanks to reports from the Computer Security Institute (CSI).

The CSI said today that virus attacks, unauthorized access to networks, lost/stolen laptops or mobile hardware and theft of proprietary information account for more than 74 percent of financial loss in businesses.

Need some examples? A denial-of-service  attack from outsiders can cripple an ISP's ability to provide access to its clients.

Also, data breaches perpetrated by disgruntled former employees are becoming more prevalent among large companies who forget to turn off their access to computers that house sensitive information.

Not to mention the proliferation of computer worms, which IBM called "a growing scourge."

In a company's worst nightmare, denial-of-service assaults, viruses, worms and inside attacks threaten corporate data regulations because they can lead to compliance failures that federal agencies take very seriously in the wake of Enron and other accounting scandals.

Tivoli Security Operations Manager can help process the annual audits required by Sarbanes-Oxley and other federal regulations, which have become big financial drains on budgets.

IBM acquired the technology when it purchased Micromuse earlier this year, and has spent the last few months integrating and adapting it for the Tivoli brand.

Tivoli Security Operations Manager also integrates with network and systems management from Netcool Omnibus and Tivoli Enterprise Console to monitor security incidents over voice, video and data over IP.

The product also works with Tivoli Identity Manager and Tivoli Access Manager to help companies head off insider attacks such as identity theft.

IBM said Tivoli Security Operations Manager will be available Monday.

IBM isn't the only vendor to take an interest in network management and security.

Cisco Systems , BMC Software , HP , EMC  and CA  play here, thanks largely to acquisitions.

Last year, EMC acquired Smarts Technology and CA picked up Concord Communications to shore up their customers' network defenses.