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HP unveils root and branch overhaul of security offerings

10 Sep 2012
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HP has unveiled plans to overhaul much of its enterprise security platform.

The company said it would be updating a number of security and consulting services along with adding new models to its network security appliances and imaging security tools.

Among the products set to receive updates are the TippingPoint and ArcSight platforms.

The new TippingPoint NX Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), security appliance has been remodelled around a new modular architecture.

This will improve the scalability and flexibility of the platform, HP director for TippingPoint network and virtualisation security product marketing Sanjay Raja told V3.

"It allows us to build in additional features into future products," he said.

"It is meant to allow customers to get further into the core of the datacentre and other locations outside the perimeter."

Among the products that will be integrated with the Tipping Point NX will be the HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager. The monitoring and compliance tool has been updated to provide improved response time and the ability to better identify possible risk factors and threats.

Also set to receive a security update is HP's imaging line. The company said that its Imaging and Printing security platform would provide enterprises with tools for enforcing security policies and access controls designed to help avoid possible data breach and compliance risks stemming from outside attacks and misuse of printers from employees.

HP is also planning to update its security consulting services.

A set of platforms which includes the HP Security Operations Center and Comprehensive Applications Threat Analysis services will allow the company to offer consulting and threat assessment services for public sector and private enterprise customers.

HP director of worldwide security initiatives Rebecca Lawson told V3 that the services we born from the company's experience with security and compliance management in its everyday consulting operations.

"That is one of the things we have been doing for a long time but we have been quiet about," she explained.

"We have had to learn to do security well and over the course of the last five to seven years we have been taking what we have been doing for customers anyways, but drawing them out to make them security services."

The firm will be hoping the new services help stem falling cash revenues after a series of poor financial quarters.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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