IBM is looking to advance its security line with the introduction of the XGS 5000 intrusion prevention system (IPS.)
The company claimed the XGS 5000 would expand visibility and analysis, allowing administrators to gain a better view of network activity and potential security threats.
Based on the company's core threat engine, the XGS 5000 will combine IBM's current IPS platform with additional security tools to form what the company describes as a "next generation" intrusion prevention platform.
John Cloonan, director of product management for IBM security systems, said that the new XGS system was as much about managing what goes on inside the network as it was external activity.
He told V3 that administrators will be able to set granular controls on user activity, limiting potentially risky behaviours such as chat or file transfers, without blocking access to social networking sites themselves.
"What we have seen over the last few years is that more and more is taking place throughout the browser," Cloonan said.
"With the XGS 5000, we enable organisations to see what is taking place, what that activity is on the network, and then establish controls over that activity."
The blocking of activity is largely done through the appliance itself without the need for implementing APIs from the web application provide. Cloonan said that IBM maintains a database of over 15 billion URLs to which rules and restrictions can be applied.
"We are able to do this all on our end," he said.
"We do when necessary interact with organisations to make sure that layers of defence are in place and we are not adding more problems."
Researchers have been calling for an overhaul to the current approach to IPS development.
At last week's Black Hat conference, Facebook security engineer John Flynn delivered a scathing report which claimed that IPS appliances overwhelmingly fail to detect advanced persistent threats in controlled tests.
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