HP Drives Collaboration Across Industry with Threat Central Platform to Bolster Security Defenses
SAN FRANCISCO — Extending its leadership in enterprise security, HP is unveiling new solutions and services offerings that enable organizations to proactively share threat intelligence and openly collaborate as an industry to combat the growing ecosystem of adversaries.
Organizations worldwide spent approximately $46 billion on cybersecurity in 2013, yet the number of security breaches increased 20 percent and the cost of individual breaches increased 30 percent.(1) These trends demonstrate that cybercriminals are working harder and smarter to gain access to sensitive data and inflict damage on corporate reputations.
Through intelligence sharing, threat analysis and leading security solutions, organizations can strengthen their security posture, strategically invest to defend across the full attack life cycle and eliminate silos among their peers. HP’s new offerings are based on industry-leading security research, solutions and expertise to address this opportunity.
“Collaboration is fueling unprecedented innovation in the criminal marketplace, enabling the ecosystem of adversaries to stay ahead of our defenses,” said Art Gilliland, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Security Products, HP. “Crowd-sourced threat intelligence from our vast community of customers, partners and researchers is essential in this battle against cybercrime; we need to stop chasing silver bullet technologies and start sharing actionable intelligence through our solutions, expertise and best practices if we are going to compete and win.”
Intelligence sharing and collaboration are key
Collaboration within the underground marketplace is becoming more common and more effective. According to a recent survey of nearly 2,000 security professionals conducted by the Ponemon Institute, 60 percent of respondents said their enterprises were unable to stop exploits because of outdated or insufficient threat intelligence.(1)
Security organizations must mirror the adversary’s approach, and share intelligence to formulate the most current and complete picture of emerging threats. HP’s new offerings bring together solutions and services to help the industry build a united defense.
HP Threat Central, developed with HP Labs, provides a collaborative security intelligence platform that enables community members to share threat data and analysis, providing real-time intelligence on the adversaries, attack vectors, methods and motivations behind current threats.
The platform is now strengthened with the introduction of the HP Threat Central Partner Network, a collaboration of security vendors who stand behind the importance of threat intelligence sharing across the industry to combat the adversary. HP is initially working with partners including Arbor Networks, Blue Coat Systems, InQuest, ThreatGRID, TrendMicro and Wapack Labs, with the goal of delivering strategic threat intelligence feeds to further provide actionable indicators to the HP Threat Central community.
In addition to intelligence shared by community members and partners, HP Security Research and HP Enterprise Security Services will contribute intelligence feeds to the HP Threat Central platform. The platform also will power the HP ArcSight and HP TippingPoint portfolios, providing seamless integration for automated threat download and upload from HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Management (ESM) and automated action (blocking) of malicious IP addresses in the HP TippingPoint Next Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPS) and HP TippingPoint Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) devices.
HP Targeted Threat Intelligence, enhanced by HP Threat Central, collects, collates and analyzes structured and unstructured data from social media, hacker forums and other traditional log data sources to provide organizations a more holistic view of the threat landscape.
“Chief information security officers (CISOs) and other senior-level security professionals must be able to plan not only for threats that exist now, but also for those that may emerge in as much as three years' time or beyond,” wrote Rob McMillian, research director, and Kelly Kavanagh, principal research analyst, Gartner. They go on to write, “Assessing current and potential future threats requires advanced threat intelligence that most organizations are not capable of developing cost-effectively in-house.”(2)
Banding together across the industry
To strengthen defenses across the threat landscape, HP is partnering with other vendors and introducing new offerings that expand access to security technology integrations, address open source vulnerabilities and support the use of standards-based solutions.
- Enabling integration with leading security companies to provide an advanced layer of protection, HP introduces the HP TippingPoint Advanced Threat application programming interface (API). Offered via the HP TippingPoint Security Management System (SMS), the HP TippingPoint Advanced Threat API provides access to HP Threat Central and advanced threat appliance solutions by delivering in-line blocking at wire speed with HP TippingPoint NGIPS and HP TippingPoint NGFW devices. To support the API, HP introduces the HP TippingPoint Advanced Threat API Program, welcoming partners including Blue Coat Systems, Damballa, Lastline and TrendMicro to further decrease the proliferation of advanced malware within enterprise networks.
- With the rapid adoption of open-source software, the HP Fortify Open Review Project provides an in-depth source of security intelligence to both identify and report on security vulnerabilities in widely used open-source software components. Open source community members and software developers benefit from access to a full set of analysis from HP Fortify and can easily review, comment and act on the findings to improve the security of their software. Additionally, HP has partnered with Sonatype to further reduce the risk introduced by open-source software. With the integration of Sonatype’s component life cycle management (CLM) analysis technology, HP Fortify on Demand customers can identify third-party and open-source software components, detect known vulnerabilities or license risk, and prioritize remediation.
- HP Enterprise Secure Key Manager (ESKM) 4.0 unifies and automates an organization’s encryption controls by securely creating, protecting, serving, controlling and auditing access to encryption keys. HP ESKM 4.0 supports the OASIS Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) version 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2 clients, enabling the broadest range of data protection products, partners and solutions.
Empowering the front lines of security to strengthen security posture
With the increased awareness of high-profile security breaches, IT leaders require insight that can be easily communicated across the organization to help quantify risk and calculate the potential impact to the business. New and enhanced services from HP Enterprise Security Services enable organizations to adopt an intelligent security posture helping to disrupt the adversary, manage risk and extend their capabilities.
- HP Managed Security Services (MSS) clients now receive targeted threat intelligence with recommended actions to remediate specific, validated risks to their operations as a value-added service.
- HP Rapid Incident Response Service, an enhancement to HP Digital Investigation Services, helps organizations identify threats, react quicker to attacks and minimize impact through best-in-class security hardware, services and software. It is available in various configurations to help reduce exposure to harmful consequences of a breach, rapidly respond to an in-progress breach, and improve visibility through ongoing monitoring.
“As threats continue to intensify, security can no longer be a guessing game—with reputation and shareholder value at stake, the business risk is far too significant,” said Arthur Wong, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Security Services, HP. “With these value-added services, HP provides organizations the security intelligence to more effectively address the threat landscape with actionable, informed decisions.”
To further extend existing capabilities, new enhancements also are now available for the HP ArcSight portfolio to facilitate more rapid deployments and accelerate time to value.
- HP ArcSight Logger 5.5 delivers enhanced search capabilities to enable faster threat resolution, and a 70-percent reduction in overall footprint to expedite time to value.
- HP ArcSight Enterprise View 2.5 automates risk scoring using dynamic vulnerability detection based on security intelligence feeds, making it easier for organizations to assess risk across the enterprise.
Additional information about HP Enterprise Security solutions and services is available at HP booth No. 3401 at the RSA Conference 2014, which is taking place this week in San Francisco. Information also is available at www.hpenterprisesecurity.com.
HP’s annual enterprise security user conference, HP Protect, takes place September 8-11 in Washington, D.C.
(1) “Cost of Cyber Crime Study 2013,” Ponemon.
(2) Gartner, How to Select a Security Threat Intelligence Service, Rob McMillan, Kelly M. Kavanagh, 16 October 2013 G00224158
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