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as Leader of Managed Security Services Market

Analyst Report Finds IBM Internet Security Systems the Top Provider of Managed Security Services in 2007

Dec. 12th, 2007 - ARMONK, NY – IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced that its Internet Security Systems (ISS) division has been recognized as the leading managed security services (MSS) provider in 2007 in a new report by industry analyst firm, Frost & Sullivan. The report, entitled „North American Managed Security Services Markets,“ examined the market penetration, long-term vision and competitive differentiators of 40 MSS providers active in the North American market and found IBM ISS to be the leader with 11.8 percent share of the highly fragmented market.1

According to the report, „IBM Internet Security Systems is uniquely
positioned to remain at the forefront of managed security with a
combination of resources that is unprecedented in the industry.“ The report also predicts continued market leadership for IBM ISS due to the combined strengths resulting from IBM’s acquisition of ISS last year. Frost & Sullivan concluded that the combination of IBM’s professional services and ISS’ MSS expertise and threat research would solidify the company’s leadership for years to come. „These business units ensure that IBM Internet Security Systems is poised to thrive in the greater security market independent of any of the obvious directions that the managed security services market may take.“

With key market drivers including increasingly innovative threats, growing corporate awareness of the potential damage of attacks and the need for companies to comply with new legislation, Frost & Sullivan expects the North American MSS market to grow from $950 million in 2007 to $1.5 billion in the next five years. According to the report, „as we see the MSS market continue to grow in 2007, industry participants are becoming increasingly defined by their ability to meet the growing expectations and goals of a monolithic end-to-end offering that integrates initial consulting services
(which may include policy development), appliance and product
identification and installation, and finally monitoring and management.“

„With a comprehensive offering of security products, managed services and professional services designed to minimize risk while reducing complexity and enabling business, IBM’s portfolio exemplifies the simple, elegant and versatile security solution that Frost & Sullivan calls for in this report as a means of solving current network security issues,“ said Jason Hilling, Enterprise Services Business Line Executive with IBM Internet Security Systems. „IBM does not merely monitor devices. Instead, we partner closely with our customers to tailor flexible, end-to-end solutions that are designed to fit and scale with changing needs to not only help organizations protect themselves today, but also shield them from the threats of tomorrow.“

Through its MSS group, IBM ISS offers a comprehensive range of services for various IBM and third-party security technologies including firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, unified threat management (UTM), security event and log management, vulnerability management, e-mail, data and Web security. Managed Security Services complement the IBM ISS product line – a multi-layered security solution designed to provide pre-emptive protection from network- and host-based attacks before they impact business assets. As security increasingly becomes a crucial need for organizations of all sizes across industries, IBM is firmly committed to continuing to innovate and enhance its security portfolio to help keep customers ahead of the latest threats.

For additional information on IBM ISS Managed Security Services, please go
to: » http://www.iss.net/services.

For more information about IBM, please visit » www.ibm.com.

Dr. Gerda Ballik-Jaklitsch
Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
IBM Österreich, Global Technology Services

Tel.: +43 664 618 5068
e-mail: ballik_gerda@at.ibm.com

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