IBM's new Proventia Network Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) GX6116 offers throughput of 15 Gbps -- fast enough to keep up with attacks on communications systems such as voice over IP that function virtually in real time, said Tom Noonan, general manager of IBM's Internet Security Systems unit.
"These systems function in real time and require real-time security," said Noonan, referring to the host of Web-based communications and collaboration tools that businesses now employ. IBM also is aiming the product at telecom carriers and Internet service providers that operate high-speed networks. "Past efforts to protect the cloud haven't been successful because the speed wasn't there," said Noonan.
IBM said IPS GX6116 offers pre-emptive protection for up to 6 Gbps of network traffic. It plans to sell the offering as a dedicated appliance.
As professional cybercriminals upgrade their arsenals from off-the-shelf viruses to designer malware, businesses need to move beyond antivirus systems that guard against known threats to systems that proactively monitor networks for suspicious activity, Noonan said.