IBM Tivoli's risk management software has gained automated security, allowing enterprise customers to define and run their own security requirements without technical expertise.
IBM Tivoli Risk Manager 4.2 includes a browser-based tool which lets administrators customise responses to security incidents without needing to know underlying protocols or operating environments.
"Traditional security has been a problem trying to handle an unquantified mitigated risk," said Mike Collins, EMEA marketing manager for privacy and security at IBM Tivoli.
For example, an administrator could set up an alert pattern of 'x' occurring that meant a 95 per cent probability of denial of service, so take 'y' action automatically, he said.
The browser acts as a template through which corporate security policies and best practices can be automatically applied. It complements Tivoli's own predefined automated responses.
Also new is close integration with Tivoli Configuration Manager to gather enterprise inventory and configuration information.
One use for this is to make alert messages more meaningful - for instance, warning of a vulnerability for a specific software patch level. Automated interrogation can also trigger automatic patch or service pack updates.
Graphical reporting extensions will make it easier for non-security personnel to spot trends in security events and associated data, giving overview and detailed information.
Collins said these features took automation beyond competitive products. But he acknowledged that the person setting policies would need to be well briefed in the enterprise system.
According to analyst Gartner, IBM led the worldwide security administration software market in 2002, with a 30.8 per cent share.
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