IBM launches its first cybersecurity hub in India

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BENGALERU : IBM Corp. announced on Wednesday the launch of a cybersecurity center in Bengaluru, to address the concerns of its customers in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. IBM said it was a “multi-million dollar investment in its resources to help businesses prepare for and manage the growing threat of cyberattacks against organizations in the APAC region.”

The security hub will be one of only two centers in the world, the other located in the United States. Without sharing details, Sandip Patel, managing director of IBM India, said it would be one of IBM’s biggest capacity investments this year.

“The new facility represents a strategic hub for IBM’s cybersecurity activities in the region, which also include IBM Managed Security Services, access to IBM’s expert incident response team, as well as as IBM Consulting, IBM Research, IBM India Software Labs and IBM Garage. , a collaborative approach designed to accelerate innovation,” IBM said in a statement.

The centerpiece of this investment is IBM’s new Security Command Center, the first of its kind in the region, for training in cybersecurity response techniques through highly realistic simulated cyberattacks – designed to prepare everyone, from the C suite to technical staff.

The investment also includes a new Security Operations Center (SOC) that is part of IBM’s network of existing global SOCs – providing 24/7 security response services to customers around the world. IBM’s global SOC network now includes 9 locations such as Atlanta (USA), Australia, Costa Rica, Japan, Poland and Saudi Arabia. IBM’s new SOC will have a capacity of 600 Security Response Operators who will provide managed security services to customers worldwide.

“The new IBM Security Command Center is the first in Asia Pacific to train the entire enterprise in the art of responding to a cyberattack event, further enhanced by the real-time experience of our security experts based in the adjacent Global Security Operations Center.With the tremendous growth, diversity and role of Asia-Pacific in the global supply chain, these capabilities can be a game-changer to help customers address growing threats in the region,” said Chris Hockings, IBM Security’s chief technology officer for Asia Pacific.

According to IBM’s latest global analysis, Asia is the most targeted region for cyberattacks – accounting for 26% of attacks analyzed in 2021. The data reveals a significant regional shift from the last decade of the report, where the North America and Europe have historically ranked as the most targeted. This trend signals a growing need for security investments among Asian organizations, especially those in financial services and manufacturing, which were the most targeted industries in the region.

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