IBM, Check Point expand alliance, add threat intelligence sharing to collaboration

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Reflecting a more collaborative approach among security vendors to fight sophisticated cybercrime gangs, IBM and Check Point Software Technologies said Thursday that they are expanding their security alliance to include a new set of security product integrations, including sharing of threat intelligence.

In the area of shared threat intelligence, IBM X-Force and Check Point's security research team will collaborate through sharing of threat identification and analysis using IBM X-Force Exchange.

In addition, Check Point is launching a SmartConsole app in the IBM Security App Exchange for integration with the IBM Security QRadar intelligence platform. The app will deliver network data and security events from Check Point devices to QRadar to enable operators to view threat information directly from the QRadar console.

On the mobile security front, the Check Point Mobile Threat Prevention tool is being integrated with the IBM Maas360 enterprise mobility management platform to enable enterprises to limit compromised devices from accessing enterprise networks and data.

In terms of managed security services, IBM Managed Security Services will deepen its expertise in delivering and managing Check Point solutions for IBM customers. The deployment and management of a range of Check Point network security offerings will be supported through new lab equipment and training of IBM security operations center analysts.

Both IBM and Check Point were named as niche players in the endpoint protection market in Gartner's latest Magic Quadrant report, so expanding their alliance makes sense in terms of expanding their market share. Leaders in the market were Intel Security (formerly McAfee), Kaspersky Lab, Sophos, Symantec and Trend Micro.

For more:
- check out the IBM/Check Point release

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