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'The Next Step'
IDC analyst John Grady said the new IBM security appliance product line is "continuing the evolution" of intrusion prevention systems. He said that some firewalls have addressed the need for dealing with advanced malware in the days of Web apps like Facebook, but the IBM line "takes it to the next step."
We asked Joe Anthony, director of IBM Security, Risk and Compliance Product Management, how the new product line differed from what is already out there.
He said that the XGS 5000 represents "a next generation IPS," particularly in that it allows IT to "see so much, the breadth of what is moving" on the network, and provides a fine "level of granularity."
"With the amount of social media being used," Anthony said, security systems "can't be that coarse-grained."
Typically, he said, IT personnel might let the XGS 5000 run for a while to see the typical behavior, work with management to set company policies and then implement those policies through company- or group-wide controls.