IBM rolls Check Point into autonomic effort

IBM's Tivoli Risk Manager software is extending its so-called "autonomic" or self-healing capabilities to include Check Point...

IBM's Tivoli Risk Manager software is extending its so-called "autonomic" or self-healing capabilities to include Check Point Software Technologies' VPN-1/Firewall-1 Next Generation software.

Tivoli Risk Manager is a security management product that allows network administrators to monitor heterogenous network software and hardware for security-related incidents or vulnerabilities.

The product was already compatible with Check Point's VPN-1/FireWall-1, but the latest move heralds an even closer integration of the two products that would allow Tivoli Risk Manager to control the Check Point software completely.

Previously, Tivoli Risk Manager could monitor the health of devices running Check Point's software and correlate event information provided by those devices, but could not remotely administer Check Point's software.

Risk Manager's autonomic features enable it to react to security threats automatically, for example changing device configurations or pushing out security patches to fix vulnerabilities it has discovered in devices that it monitors.

As part of the effort, IBM has obtained Check Point Open Platform for Security (OPSEC) certification for Tivoli Risk Manager version 4.1, enabling closer integration between the two products, according to Check Point.

OPSEC is Check Point's widely adopted security framework that sets standards for providing interoperability and central management of different network security devices.

In return, IBM has certified Check Point's VPN-1/FireWall-1 Next Generation software under its "Ready for Tivoli Software" program.

Future integration projects are likely to follow, tying Check Point's security software and IBM's network management technology even closer together, Check Point said.

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