HP boosts security portfolio to handle complex IT environments, threats

Hewlett-Packard is beefing up its security portfolio to offer enterprise customers with a more proactive approach to handling complex security environments.

Hewlett-Packard is rolling out six new enterprise security offerings, continuing to build upon HP's security strategy that was introduced last year.

Rebecca Lawson, director of Worldwide Security Initiatives at HP, explained via telephone last week that enterprise customers are having a hard time with security because it's complicated and threats are more complex, making them harder to find before it's too late.

"Specifically, what our customers are dealing with is using new emerging innovative technology but also fractured legacy security environments," Lawson continued. "They just don’t all work together."

Thus, the goal of HP's new security solutions is to address these two issues by providing both strategy and implementation of security across the whole enterprise from mobile to servers to networks to printers to big data.

"What we’re advocating is that our customers build security in from the very beginning," Lawson added, citing the example of printer security as it's something a lot of people forget about but hackers don't, so they take advantage of this.

Here's a rundown on the six products being added and upgraded within HP's security solutions portfolio:

  • Assured Identity: A credential and access management platform updated with tighter controls against inside threats and reduced complexity for sharing content between partner organizations
  • Comprehensive Applications Threat Analysis (CATA): An on-demand service intended to lower cost of app security by addressing threats throughout the development lifecycle
  • Security Operations Center (SOC) Consulting Services: Intended for public sector clients outside the U.S. by establishing an on-site intelligence cyber-security operations center
  • Data Center Protection Services: Evaluates existing security practices and recommends further steps for improving infrastructures and management across datacenters
  • ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager 6.0c: Updated to more rapidly pinpoint security threats across the infrastructure and then prioritizes critical issues to reduce potential damage.
  • HP TippingPoint NX platform for the Next Generation IPS: Designed to protect everything across the network, including virtual machines, operating systems and business-critical apps by adapting to threats as they are discovered. This in turn allows the company to save rack space while maintaining consistent power consumption and cooling costs.