IBM has celebrated the first month of its X-Force security network by announcing that it already has 1,000 large customers from a wide range of vertical industries.
Launched one month ago, the software network is an information shop for security data and related material. IBM said that it offers access to a "vast library of security intelligence".
It has proved popular and IBM said that players from 16 industries have adopted its services and added to its comprehensive database.
"Cybercrime has become the equivalent of a pandemic - no company or country can battle it alone. We have to take a collective and collaborative approach across the public and private sectors to defend against cybercrime," said Brendan Hannigan, general manager of IBM Security.
"Sharing and innovating around threat data is central to battling highly organised cyber criminals; the industry can no longer afford to keep this critical resource locked up in proprietary databases.
"With X-Force Exchange, IBM has opened access to our extensive threat data to advance collaboration and help public and private enterprises safeguard themselves."
IBM said that the community has added to the database since its launch last month, and that users includes the bulk of the world's biggest retailers, and players from the technology, education, banking and automobile industries.
The company added that these users make a combined 1,000 data requests on the system each day.
The network contains over 700TB of raw aggregated data drawn from a catalogue of every vulnerability recorded. This includes information based on the monitoring of over 15 billion security events daily, 270 million endpoints, 25 billion web pages and images, eight million spam and phishing attacks, and one million malicious IP addresses.
IBM announced the open beta of the service earlier this year.
"The IBM X-Force Exchange platform will foster collaboration on a scale necessary to counter the rapidly rising and sophisticated threats that companies are facing from cyber criminals," said Brendan Hannigan, general manager for IBM Security at launch.
"We're taking the lead by opening up our own deep and global network of cyber threat research, customers, technologies and experts.
"By inviting the industry to join our efforts and share their own intelligence, we're aiming to accelerate the formation of the networks and relationships we need to fight hackers."
IBM has been using the X-Force Exchange information already, and reported in March that some one billion personal records were stolen last year thanks to lax security prevention and protection.
The company said that the most efficient way to defend against such threats is to share information and create mutual awareness.
IBM explained that, while the criminal element looks to itself for advice and assistance, the business community is far less open.
"Though hackers have mobilised, their targets have not. For the first time, organisations can directly interact with IBM's security analysts and researchers, as well as their industry peers, to validate findings and expose them to other companies fighting cyber crime," IBM said.
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