IBM to secure clouds and virtual networks

IBM introduced cloud security services and said it was initiating a company-wide project to develop a security architecture for hosted computing at the RSA security conference on Tuesday.

The company also unveiled an appliance designed to protect virtual network segments. Proventia Virtualized Network Security Platform, an appliance that includes intrusion prevention, Web application protection and network policy enforcement.

IBM also announced:

--Proventia Web application firewall, which is embedded into the IBM ISS Proventia portfolio of products and which acts as a virtual application patching mechanism.

--Malware scanning for IBM Rational AppScan, which allows users to automatically scan Web sites for embedded malware.

--IBM Tivoli Identity and Access Assurance, which offers centralized identity, access and audit services for corporations.

--IBM Tivoli Data and Application Security, designed to mitigate privacy and compliance risks by encrypting data stored on tapes and disks.

--IBM Tivoli Security Management for z/OS, which features centralized management for mainframes.

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