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IBM builds security command center in APAC

IBM announced a multi-million dollar investment in its resources to help businesses prepare for and manage the growing threat of cyberattacks to organizations across the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

The centerpiece of this investment is the new IBM Security Command Center, the first of its kind in the region, for training cybersecurity response techniques through highly realistic, simulated cyberattack — designed to prepare everyone from C-Suite through technical staff. The investment also includes a new Security Operation Center (SOC) which is part of IBM’s network of existing global SOCs, providing 24X7 security response services to clients around the world.

The new IBM cybersecurity center will help address the most pressing need of the hour for organizations of all types and accelerate their security strategies and align business priorities with a security-first approach.

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“Today, not only the CISO but the entire company needs to be prepared for cyberattacks. Leaders and cross-functional teams like HR, marketing, and financial operations need to experience and practice a cyber exercise because how organizations respond during the critical moments of an attack can make all the difference in the amount of time and money lost in a response, said Aileen Judan-Jiao, president and country general manager of IBM Philippines.

The new facilities in Bengaluru, India, represent a strategic hub for IBM cybersecurity activities in the region, which also include IBM Managed Security Services, access to IBM’s elite team of incident response experts, as well as a full range of IBM Consulting, IBM Research Labs, IBM India Software Labs, and IBM Garage, a collaborative approach to fast-track innovation and drive meaningful, lasting transformation for clients.

“With Asia being one of the most attacked regions today, and with cyberattacks continuing to grow in the Philippines, the new IBM Security Command Center, together with security services and technology delivered by IBM in the Philippines, will allow businesses in the Philippines and around Asia to fully be equipped to deal with some of the biggest threats today and into the future,” Judan-Jiao said.

IBM Security Command Center

The highly realistic, immersive training simulations offered in the new IBM Security Command Center in Bengaluru leverage industry-leading audio and visual effects as well as live malware, ransomware, and other real-world hacker tools. IBM designed the simulations after emergency and disaster response training models, in consultation with dozens of experts from different industries including emergency medical responders, active-duty military officers, and its incident response experts. The IBM Security Command Center in Bengaluru can deliver customized experiences and workshops – including virtually – that are tailored to organizations’ unique security requirements and objectives, leveraging the IBM Cyber Range Design consulting team.