IBM Reveals Security Appliance for Social Network Threat Protection

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

IBM's Security Network Protection XGS 5000 promises to keep up with new hacking trends as they evolve.

The device comes with data and intelligence from IBM's own X-Force, which includes a web filter database with more than 15 billion URLs. Since the appliance monitors the websites that are accessed, organizations can use the data to create much more granular web filter control once they know what web site activity takes place on their network. The XGS 5000 allows user and group-level control over which applications and websites are permitted, and how they are used down to individual actions or activities within these applications and sites. 68 categories of websites and more than 1,000 applications and actions are supported.

The security appliance is offered as part of IBM's Advanced Threat Protection Platform and will become available in Q3.

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