IBM promises to boost firms' internal security

IBM has unveiled new software and services designed to help businesses efficiently manage internal network security

IBM has unveiled new software and services designed to help businesses efficiently manage internal network security. 

Big Blue has upgraded its Tivoli Identity Manager product, with version 4.6 coming bundled with tools that allow network managers to conduct “what-if” scenarios when planning changes to network security policies. 

For instance, the software will now flag a situation where a change in security policy may deprive certain users access to an application they need to do their job. 

IBM said the solution would allow companies to get policy changes into production more quickly and efficiently, while at the same time enhancing overall security.

Also new in version 4.6 is a feature that generates automatic reports that provide details on suspended user accounts, role-based access policies, and other network security issues. 

IBM is also teaming up with identity management solutions provider Viisage Technology to offer services to companies that can reduce their exposure to internal cyber-crime. 

Viisage technology helps businesses and governments validate the identities and backgrounds of employees and prospective employees, through the use of automated queries to external public databases, such as court records and commercial databases.

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