Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (CHKP) and IBM Announce Security Alliance

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Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NYSE:CHKP) and IBM Security have announced the two companies will work together to share threat intelligence as well as in the interest of integrating their products to offer consumers better security tools.

The alliance announced between the two large security companies will cover several areas. IBM X-Force and Check Point’s security research will work together on IBM X-Force Exchange (XFE), the threat intelligence sharing platform that IBM has already developed. The researchers will primarily share data about threat identification and analysis there, data which will then be used to improve the security products of both companies.

Check Point Software will also be launching a new SmartConsole application which will be fully integrated with the IBM Security QRadar Intelligence Platform. The app will allow operators to view threat information in real time directly from the QRadar console by sending network data and security events from Check Point devices to QRadar.

IBM Maas360 enterprise mobility manager (EMM) will also be integrated with Check Point Mobile Threat Prevention to help limit compromised devices from accessing networks and data. This will provide protection from advanced threats across multiple devices, apps and network and simply the implementation and ongoing monitoring of mobile security software for users.

IBM Managed Security Services (MSS) will also seek to deliver better Check Point Software security tools for IBM customers. These new tools will be supported through new lab equipment and ongoing training of IBM SOC analysts and solution architects. Of course, the ultimate goal behind all these new products and changes is to ensure that their customers enjoy affordable security protection tools by prioritizing sharing resources and expertise between the two companies.

Vice president of strategy at IBM Security, Caleb Barlow said that it is becoming increasingly vital for companies in the security industry to share intelligence and expertise in order to stay competitive in an ever-expanding industry which nets over $445 billion in annual profits according to the United Nations.

“Cybercriminals are not new to this concept of sharing and our industry needs to step up to the challenge,” he added. The two companies have already been working together for more than two decades to deliver security tools, but their new alliance will see a significantly bigger level of integration both between the services and products of the two companies and between their research and analysis teams.