AT&T and IBM Announce Joint Cybersecurity Venture

IBM and AT&T have announce a newfound partnership to enhance web security and ward off the threats that the internet has to offer, giviving enterprise-level IT administrators a whole new range of tools to keep protecting their businesses.

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AT&T will contribute several different areas of expertise to the fray, including Managed Security Services like web filtering, IDS/IPS, network firewalls, protection against DDOS attacks and secure email gateways. IBM in the meantime will handle bigger picture areas of the problem with their Emergency Response service and Security Monitoring and Threat Intelligence network.

The general manager of IBM Security Services Kris Lovejoy elaborated on the importance of cooperation and cohesion between the two companies.

“Securing these infrastructures can be complicated without a single, integrated management system that avoids creating silos of security data making it almost impossible to uniformly monitor security threats across environments. IBM and AT&T have come together to offer unprecedented security services designed to break down those silos and better secure data no matter where it resides.”

On the whole this decision will primarily affect those who work in the trenches of information technology and not so much the average consumer, but the benefits of increased security are always felt by a wide majority the population even though they may not be around to actively realize it.

In the wake of the revelations detailing massive international espionage released in June of last year, we’ve seen a lot of major companies teaming up in unexpected ways to attempt to reassure their customers they had no idea how out of control the governments of the US and UK had become, and that they are working tirelessly to secure their lines and law down the law in the new war on privacy.

With press releases sent out and conferences held, many of the major tech firms and telecom companies realized that if they wanted to gain the public’s trust again, they’d need to present a united front against not only the threats at home, but also the cyberterrorists they claim to be protecting us against in the first place.