IBM increases focus on SME security tools

IBM has introduced software which it claims can help mid-sized companies combat external and internal web security threats and help them to comply with mandatory regulations.

IBM has introduced software which it claims can help midsized companies combat external and internal web security threats and help them to comply with mandatory regulations.

IBM Rational AppScan Express Edition is an automated testing system that enables businesses to test for web application security vulnerabilities and provides advice on how to fix them.

According to IBM, the tool also helps companies to comply with regulations such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard which is designed to prevent credit card fraud, hacking and other security vulnerabilities and threats.

In a bid to reinforce the product's relevance, IBM cited a survey from Forrester Research that revealed regulatory compliance was a priority for 67% of small and midsize businesses even though most were not fully compliant. It also referred to the IBM ISS Threat Report which found 54% of all vulnerabilities disclosed in the first-half of 2008 were web-based.

Steve Solazzo, general manager at IBM General Business said the product was part of the company's strategy of providing "comprehensive and cost-effective solutions through the Express Advantage portfolio to our businesses' partners enabling them to meet the needs of their customers as well as address their challenges".

He added that IBM was "determined to ensure the safety of data for our business partner ecosystem and, in turn, their customers".

IBM has also partnered with the Aberdeen Group to develop a tool for midsize companies to assess the existing IT infrastructure and determine where they may be vulnerable.

The online IT Security Assessment Tool provides them with suggestions on how they can improve their IT security based on Aberdeen's market research.

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