IBM integrated security solution for Cisco networks

Executive summary

The goal - Security services as a competitive edge

Your organization must leverage its IT infrastructure to remain competitive and meet the challenges of an on demand world. This requires extending the use of IT investments in networks, systems and applications to connect with customers, suppliers and business partners. While increased connectivity drives immense benefits, it can yield corresponding risks. Viruses, worms and Internet attacks can cause significant IT infrastructure damage and loss of productivity.

The advantage - Address your security challenges

The IBM integrated security solution for Cisco networks helps enterprises address security breaches in two key areas.

Your enterprise can better control user access by knowing the identity of the individual connecting to the corporate network. Protect your IT infrastructure and assets from unauthorized access and deny access to devices which could infect other parts of your business.
Our solution enables your business to select the appropriate service offering based on your specific security objectives. This is accomplished in three steps.

Your enterprise can choose to implement one, two or all of these functions.

The benefits - Keep critical information safe

The IBM integrated security solution for Cisco networks simplifies IT security management, helping you respond more quickly and accurately to reduce risk. Unlike other basic "scan and block" products, the solution autonomically quarantines and remediates noncompliant devices to help protect your business from security challenges. With IBM and Cisco Systems tools and expertise your organization can potentially:

Business view

The goal - Enhance security while extending business

Being connected in today's computing environment drives immense benefits, but can yield corresponding risks. The recent spate of viruses, worms and Internet attacks caused significant direct damage and massive productivity losses within enterprises. The growing number of end users and devices that access networks, applications and data also greatly impact the security of your enterprise. IBM and Cisco can help you address the end-to-end security concerns of an on demand business.

The advantage - Our commitment to helping businesses protect their networks

Organizations can now turn to two trusted partners to help tackle the security challenges they face. IBM and Cisco combine people and technology to deliver security solutions tailored to specific business needs.

The benefits - Reduce exposure, promote compliance

Identification and authentication of users to sensitive data is an ongoing challenge. The IBM integrated security solution for Cisco networks provides the ability to identify, prevent and adapt to security threats. The solution is designed to:

The approach - Security administered in a consistent fashion

IBM has helped many businesses address their security concerns. For example, one company's existing infrastructure restricted access to certain applications, but left much of their data available to everyone. The process of credential administering and resource access was handled by individual applications. User rights management was time consuming, difficult for the IT staff and limited to critical applications. They needed an automated, centralized user rights management system that could properly limit the unauthorized access of users to the enterprise network.

IBM helped the company design and implement an end-to-end security solution to help resolve their security concerns. The IBM integrated security solution for Cisco networks enabled the company to leverage self-managing systems that protect mission-critical IT infrastructure processes.

The financial advantage - The cost of securing a network

The IBM integrated security solution for Cisco networks can help improve your technology return on investment by increasing your business resilience, simplifying security policy management and improving availability. It can help:


Technical details

The issues - Securing connectivity

To remain competitive, your organization must be able to connect with customers, suppliers and business partners. Yet increased connectivity can bring the risk of viruses, worms and Internet attacks, causing significant IT infrastructure damage and loss of productivity. IBM integrated security solution for Cisco networks can help protect your IT investments in networks, systems and applications.

The benchmark - Why IBM for your security needs?

IBM is a trusted partner to implement comprehensive data warehouse and decision-support systems. Rely on expertise and teamwork of approximately 3,000 IBM security consultants, implementation experts, engineers and technology architects. IBM is ranked as a leading IT security and privacy services provider of industry-standard middleware solutions and best-of-breed partner applications.

The IBM integrated security solution for Cisco networks makes the most of IBM Tivoli® software.

The components - From verification to remediation

We provide the tools and services needed to help promote the successful implementation and ongoing management of the IBM Integrated Security Solution for Cisco Networks. Components may include:

Related services might include some of the following IBM offerings.

The implementation - Identity management and security compliance

The IBM integrated security solution for Cisco networks is designed to offer lower risk. We are experienced in building data networks and successfully managing large, complex systems integration programs.

If a business wants to improve identity management and address security compliance on a Cisco network infrastructure, our solution establishes security access policies for devices connecting to the corporate network. It can also provide or deny admission based on operating system, patch or antivirus software levels or configuration settings.
IBM could provide the following solution to meet their requirements.

The cost of ownership - Maximize the security worth of your networks

The IBM integrated security solution for Cisco networks is designed to maximize network system security and privacy without increasing total cost of ownership. We assess your IT infrastructure to help identify and prioritize threats, plan appropriate responses, and critique plans for prevention and recovery. Our solution can help provide:


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