Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, IBM and Juniper Networks form security consortium

Adrian Bridgwater

Five IT vendors have formed an organisation called the Industry Consortium for Advancement of Security on the Internet.

Cisco, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks and Microsoft have formed the not-for-profit group to address multi-product security threats in increasingly complex IT infrastructures.

The Industry Consortium for Advancement of Security on the Internet (Icasi) said it will focus on combating wide-reaching worms and viruses as well as more sophisticated stealth attacks targeting multiple products or shared protocols in multiple products.

Icasi will sit alongside existing commercially-backed Internet security bodies such as the Sans Institute and security specialists such as Symantec who publish reports detailing the most pressing web security issues.

Icasi will allow IT vendors to work together to address multi-vendor security threats, said the group: "The consortium will provide a mechanism for international vendor and customer involvement. To date there has not been a trusted vendor environment that allows companies to identify, assess and mitigate multi-product, global security challenges together on the customers' behalf. Icasi aims to fill this void."

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