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IBM offers free tools for application security

IBM announced today the availability of free hosted software to help customers and developers better engineer safety into business applications, instead of having to reactively respond to security holes.
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IBM buys IT management provider BigFix

IBM on Thursday announced plans to acquire BigFix, an Emeryville, Calif.-based provider of security management solutions. Specifically, BigFix software offers a single IT management platform that allows organizations the ability to manage applications for vulnerabilities, systems lifecycle, configuration and compliance. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a Bloomberg report valued the transaction at $400 million. IBM's last security-related acquisition was last fall when it picked up database security firm Guardium for a reported $225 million. — DK
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IBM loses tapes with employee personal info

IBM, which invented magnetic tape storage more than 50 years ago and has since emerged as a leading provider of data encryption, has lost an undisclosed number of backup tapes containing the personal information of employees.
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From Interop: Be mindful of vendors’ motives

IT security vendors' sole purpose is to generate revenue -- not offer complete security -- and they will only create solutions to stop dangerous threats when they are incentivized to do so, the principal security strategist for IBM Internet Security Systems said Wednesday at Interop in Las Vegas.
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Oracle buys Secerno for database firewall technology

Database giant Oracle announced Thursday it plans to acquire U.K.-based Secerno, maker of database firewall solutions. The deal, expected to close in June, will enhance Oracle's portfolio of security solutions, which includes Advanced Security, Database Vault and Audit Vault, to further protect against threats and ensure compliance. "Secerno's database firewall product acts as a first line of defense against external threats and unauthorized internal access with a protective perimeter around Oracle and non-Oracle databases," said Andrew Mendelsohn, senior VP of Oracle Database Server Technologies. Terms of the buy were not disclosed. In November, IBM acquired database security vendor Guardium. — DK
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CA backup and recovery solution contains flaws

Two vulnerabilities were reported today in a CA backup and recovery solution that, if exploited, could allow an attacker to execute remote code and gain unauthorized administrative privileges.
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