McAfee and IBM agree to new cybersecurity partnership
McAfee and IBM have announced an extension of their partnership that will see IBM’s Resilient Incident Response Platform (IRP) integrated with McAfee’s Data Exchange Layer (DXL).
By combining IBM’s IRP, a leading platform for automating security incident responses processes, with McAfee’s DXL, Resilient IRP users will be able to access McAfee’s Threat Intelligence Exchange (TIE) more readily, whilst also improving response times and the ability to respond through connection to McAfee’s ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) platform.
“The integration of the Resilient IRP with DXL, McAfee TIE and McAfee ePO will enable better security intelligence, faster response times and empower security teams to handle threats using automated tasks,” said D J Long, Vice President of Strategic Business Development, McAfee.
“Leveraging the deep portfolio of McAfee security solutions together with Resilient’s industry-leading orchestration capabilities, we can now deliver solutions that enable security teams to work faster and more efficiently.”
The integration will look to improve company’s abilities to deal with cybersecurity threats that have continued to evolve and grow.
According to McAfee’s Labs Quarterly Threats Report, there was a 32% increase in the number of new Malware Samples in Q4 2017, up to 63.4mn. Further, the report also revealed that 35% of cybersecurity professionals claim that they are unable to maintain a team of adequately trained individuals.
“McAfee’s integration helps customers both quickly identify incidents and decisively respond to them,” said Ted Julian, vice president of product management and co-founder, IBM Resilient.
“As security threats become both more numerous and complex, it’s more critical than ever to orchestrate these systems putting the right information, in front of the right person, at the right time and empowering them to act on it.”
The integration, including IBM IRP, McAfee DXL, TIE and ePO platforms is available on IBM’s Security App Exchange.
China announces 6-month campaign to clean up apps
A 6-month campaign has been announced by China’s industry minister, to clean up what it says are serious problems with internet apps violating consumer rights, cybersecurity and “disturbing market order.”
In an online notice the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said that, among other things, companies must fix pop-ups on apps that deceive and mislead users or force them to use services they might not want.
The order is all part of a wider effort to crack down on tech industries and police use of personal information. Authorities have recently ordered fines and other penalties for some of China’s biggest tech companies.
Earlier this month, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) ordered online stores not to offer Didi's app, saying it illegally collected users' personal data. The company’s shares have now fallen by more than 40% since making its New York Stock Exchange debut on 30 June.
The latest campaign in the tech crackdown
The ministry launched this latest campaign with a teleconference call on Friday and issued its 15th list of dozens of apps it has said require fixing on Sunday.
There are 22 specific scenarios it has said require ‘rectification’, among which the ministry mentioned pop-up windows as a specific problem, especially when all the screen of a pop-up window is a jump link with a false close button.
Other various problems it highlighted were threats to data security due to a failure to encrypt sensitive information while it is being transmitted, and failure to obtain users' consent before providing data to other parties; and malicious blocking of website links and interference with other companies products or services.
It also took aim at illegal broadband networks, which it called “black broadband" that failed to conform to website filing procedures or might be subletting or using illegal access to networks.
Regulators have been stepping up enforcement of data security, financial and other rules against scores of tech companies that dominate entertainment, retail, and other industries.