While there has been an understandable interest in HP and how it is going to integrate Autonomy into its business, HP, under its still-new CEO Meg Whitman carries on as usual. Today, it announced new additions to its security portfolio that build on the strategy it outlined last year.
HP's Identifies Security Threats
Nine different upgrades, or releases, were announced today. Combined, their focus is on securing Big Data, mobile content and devices, and providing security for widespread and complex IT environments, including cloud environments.
We saw in the early days of cloud computing that the lack of proven security for these environments had a considerable impact on whether enterprises deployed cloud environments or not.
In survey after survey of enterprises and SMB’s we noted that adoption rates were low. That is, of course, until vendors were able to convince IT buyers that the cloud was safe. Even now, though, cloud security is still holding back cloud adoption.
Big Data and mobility are also perceived as very useful tools, but still insecure. Citing research it carried out last July for its HP Research: Security and Risk Management report, HP says cloud, big data, along with mobile data loss and theft are major concerns for enterprises.
In fact, two thirds of those surveyed said they had security concerns around these technologies, while half cited mobile security as their major concern. It also showed that most spent more money cleaning up the mess after a security breach, than actually preventing a breach in the first place.
And this is where HP is coming from with these releases:
Cybersecurity threats are growing exponentially, and without a proactive information risk management strategy, enterprise growth, innovation and efficiencies are hindered,” said George Kadifa, executive vice president, HP Software.
There are three main groups of offerings:
Intelligent Security for the Public Sector
The first set of upgrades offers intelligent security for the public sector. This is a particularly problematic area of IT security as tighter regulations combined with tighter budgets are making even the smallest incident into something major. In this space, HP has released:
- Assured Identity: New enhancements to HP’s identity management solution provide simplified identity, credential and access management. It also enables tighter controls against insider threats, as well as easier and tighter security around information sharing and collaboration.
- Comprehensive Applications Threat Analysis (CATA): O-demand services will considerably reduce the cost of application security by addressing security at all stages of the development cycle.
- HP Security Operations Center (SOC): These are a set of consulting services for clients outside of the US that enable users to establish an on-site intelligent cybersecurity center. This is one of the new products that is leading the HP charge and is complementary to HP’s U.S. Public Sector security consulting and security operations center service.
Risk Management Management
The second set of releases aim to provide enterprises with better client transparency and control across the entire enterprise, including those that are geographically dispersed. They include:
- Data Center Protection Services: Offers recommendations to enterprises on their existing security practices and program management around data centers after evaluating their security set-up.
- HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager 6.0c: A scalable security monitoring solution that detects and manages security threats fast than before across entire infrastructure and prioritizes critical issues to reduce potential damage.
- HP TippingPoint NX platform: This aims to provide protection across network devices, virtual machines and operating systems, using a modular architecture adapts automatically to threats as they are discovered.
It also announced a new and free mobile application that monitors current and trending cyberthreats. It’s currently available for web browser platforms as well as WebOS, iOS, and Android and web browser platforms.
Finally, the third set of products include products for detecting threats that enter the system via printers, creating major headaches for companies that are dependent on document capture and printing for their information: Releases here include:
- HP Access Control (HP AC) Printing Solutions: This has been expanded for the healthcare vertical to enhance device security and improve company-wide printing
- HP Imaging and Printing Security Assessment: This reviews enterprises printing environments from security and compliance perspectives, ensuring sensitive data is not leaked, or lands in the wrong place.
- Enhanced HP Imaging and Printing Security Center (IPSC): Better and automated security through broader device and operating systems support.
While it might, at a stretch, look like another area that HP is pushing to ensure a renaissance of its fortunes and a new strategy that has been ushered with the newish CEO, its actually more a case of back to business-as-usual.