CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Security (NYSE: IBM) today announced a major expansion of its incident response capabilities, including new facilities, services and software as part of a $200 million investment made this year. These investments include a new global security headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. which features the industry's first physical Cyber Range for the commercial sector, where participants experience preparing for and responding to cyber attacks using live malware and real-world scenarios.
IBM also expanded capabilities and capacity for its global network of IBM X-Force Command Centers which now handle over 1 trillion security events per month. These security operations centers are staffed by 1,400 security professionals who will use cognitive technologies like Watson for client services, including chat sessions and data delivery, as well as Watson for Cybersecurity to quickly address cyber security events. As part of today's announcement, IBM launched a new elite incident response and intelligence consulting team called IBM X-Force Incident Response and Intelligence Services (IRIS). IBM's investments also includes its acquisition of Resilient Systems earlier this year, a pioneer in the incident response market. A new Ponemon Institute study on Cyber Resilience, sponsored by IBM and also announced today, found 75 percent of IT and security professionals surveyed say their organization does not have a modern incident response plan applied across the entire enterprise. This lack of planning and coordination can make it difficult to respond quickly and contain the costs of an incident. For example, in 2018, companies in the UK must report data breaches to regulators within 72 hours or face fines up to 4 percent of their global annual turnover. "Being prepared to respond is the first line of defense in making sure a cyber security incident doesn't become a crisis," said Marc van Zadelhoff, General Manager, IBM Security. "To adequately prepare for -and respond to - cyber attacks, companies need to assemble cross-functional teams that bring a strategic mix of security intelligence, technical skill, legal precision and regulatory understanding combined with a comprehensive plan of action. With our investments, we've moved IBM into a unique position in the industry with a comprehensive cybersecurity immune system for customers to build world-class capabilities for thwarting cybercrime." IBM X-Force Command Centers and New Cyber Range IBM Security's new headquarters in Cambridge, located at 75 Binney Street, includes a fully operational "Cyber Range," bringing together capabilities and experiences previously only available in the public sector. IBM's new X-Force Command Cambridge Cyber Range immerses people in simulated cyber attacks to train them on how properly prepare for, respond to, and manage a broad variety of threats. This experience can be leveraged by Chief Information Security Officers and their security teams, as well as those without security expertise, such as other members of the C-Suite/lines of business, board members, students and others. IBM's Cyber Range uses live malware, ransomware and other real-world hacker tools culled from the dark web to deliver realistic cyber attack experiences. The facility features an air-gapped network of a fictitious corporation, used for simulated attacks, consisting of one petabyte of information, more than 3,000 users and a simulated version of the internet.