New IBM Cybersecurity Hub to help organizations in Asia-Pacific build cyber resilience


– IBM Security Command Center at India represents a significant investment in security incident response and training for APAC organizations

– Asia was the top most targeted region for cyberattacks in 2021, according to IBM Security X-Force Threat Intelligence Index, released today

– New Security Operations Center (SOC) part of the IBM Global Network to help customers around the world respond to cyberattacks

BENGALERU, India, February 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a multi-million dollar investment in its resources to help businesses prepare for and manage the growing threat of cyberattacks on organizations across the Asia Pacific (APAC). The centerpiece of this investment is IBM’s new Security Command Center, the first of its kind in the region, for training in cybersecurity response techniques through highly realistic simulated cyberattacks – designed to prepare everyone, from C-Suite to technical staff. The investment also includes a new Security Operation Center (SOC) which is part of IBM’s extensive network of existing global SOCs – providing 24/7 security response services to customers around the world.

The new IBM Security Command Center in Bengaluru, India trains companies in the art of responding to cyberattacks. Credit: IBM

According to a new global analysis from IBM released today, Asia is now the #1 most targeted region for cyberattacks – accounting for 26% of attacks analyzed in 2021.1 The data reveals a significant regional shift from the last decade of the report, where North America and Europe are historically ranked as the most targeted. This trend signals a growing need for security investments among Asian organizations, especially those in financial services and manufacturing, which were the most targeted industries in the region. The new IBM Cyber ​​Security Centers will help address today’s most pressing need for organizations of all types to accelerate their security strategies and align business priorities with a security-first approach.

Located at IBM’s offices at Embassy Golf Links in Bengaluru, India, the new facilities represent a strategic hub for IBM’s cybersecurity business in the region, which also includes IBM managed security services, access IBM’s Incident Response team of experts, as well as IBM Consulting. , IBM Research, IBM India Software Labs and IBM Garage, a collaborative approach designed to accelerate innovation and drive meaningful and lasting transformation for clients.

“Preparing for a cyberattack is like training for a fire drill. Everyone, from executives to contractors, must understand their own role in an emergency and reinforce critical response steps by practice,” said Chris HockingsIBM Security CTO for Asia Pacific. “The new IBM Security Command Center is the first Asia Pacific trained the entire company in the art of responding to a cyberattack event, further enhanced by the real-time experience of our security experts based in the adjacent Global Security Operations Center. With the tremendous growth, diversity and role of Asia-Pacific in the global supply chain, these capabilities can be game-changing to help customers address growing threats in the region. »

IBM Security Command Center features

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

Here are some examples of the types of training available:

  • Beef Response Challenge: Designed for the leadership team to immerse a wide variety of stakeholders in a realistic “fusion team” environment where players must figure out how to respond to a cyberattack as a team, across dimensions such as technical, legal and public relations.

  • Operation Red Escape: Giving participants the ability to reverse roles, this puts them in the “seat” of a real-world attacker as an elite member of a growing group of adversaries and develops an attack based on the cloud against a large enterprise. This non-technical, interactive scenario allows business leaders to see first-hand how adversaries are carrying out common cyberattacks on organizations with real adversary tools and techniques.

  • cyber war game: In this hands-on scenario, participants discover a cyberattack by a gang of cybercriminals targeting a fictitious company. The Cyber ​​Wargame tests the organization’s incident response, communication, and problem-solving process by positioning technical and business teams in the middle of a cybersecurity incident to see how they would work together to resolve it.

Extending the IBM Global Security Operation Center (SOC) network

Adjacent to the new cyber range facility, IBM’s new Security Operations Center (SOC) will provide Managed Security Services (MSS) to customers around the world. With a capacity of 600 Security Response Operators, this is IBM’s second SOC in Bengaluru, with the other SOC continuing to specifically serve regional Indian customers. The new SOC is part of IBM’s extensive global SOC network, which serves more than 2,000 customers worldwide, handling more than 2 million endpoints and 150 billion potential security events per day. IBM’s global SOC network now includes 9 sites such as Atlanta (WE,) Australia, Costa Rica, Japan, Poland, Saudi Arabia and more. It offers MSS investigation experts to assist with field response, dedicated security experts with strong vertical expertise, personalized consulting services combined with a holistic approach to securing hybrid cloud environments. IBM’s SOC model leverages AI, machine learning and automation, bringing together human expertise and advanced technologies to help respond with speed, efficiency and transparency.

2022 IBM Security X-Force Threat Intelligence Index Highlights

The IBM Security X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2022 announced today revealed the following information regarding the threat landscape in Asia:

  • Financial services and manufacturing were the most attacked industries in Asiarepresenting nearly 60% of the attacks studied.

  • Japan, Australia and India were the most attacked countries in the region.

  • Main types of attack: Server access attacks (20%) and ransomware (11%), data theft (10%) were the top attack types seen in Asia.

  • Initial infection methods: Vulnerability exploitation and phishing are the top infection vectors in Asian organizations in 2021, each accounting for 43% of attacks seen in the region.

  • Ransomware groups: REvil accounted for 33% of ransomware attacks analyzed, and Bitlocker, Nefilim, MedusaLocker, and RagnarLocker were also significant players.

To view full results visit: http://ibm.biz/xforcethreatindex

About IBM security

IBM Security offers one of the most advanced and integrated portfolios of enterprise security products and services. The portfolio, backed by world-renowned IBM Security X-Force® research, enables organizations to effectively manage risk and defend against emerging threats. IBM operates one of the world’s largest security research, development and delivery organizations, monitors more than 150 billion security events per day in more than 130 countries and has been granted more than 10,000 security patents in the world. For more information, visit www.ibm.com/security, follow @IBMSecurity on Twitter, or visit the IBM Security Intelligence blog.

1 For the purposes of this report, IBM considers Asia to include Australia, East and Southeast Asia, India and the Pacific Islands.

Media Contact – India/IS A
Vinay Krishnan[email protected]

Media Contact – Asia Pacific
Mehpara Khan, [email protected]

Media contact – United States
Cassy Lalan[email protected]

The new IBM Security Command Center in Bengaluru, India trains companies in the art of responding to cyberattacks.  Credit: IBM

The new IBM Security Command Center in Bengaluru, India trains companies in the art of responding to cyberattacks. Credit: IBM

The new IBM Security Command Center in Bengaluru, India trains companies in the art of responding to cyberattacks.  Credit: IBM

The new IBM Security Command Center in Bengaluru, India, trains companies in the art of responding to cyberattacks. Credit: IBM

The new IBM Security Command Center in Bengaluru, India, trains companies in the art of responding to cyberattacks.  Credit: IBM

The new IBM Security Command Center in Bengaluru, India, trains companies in the art of responding to cyberattacks. Credit: IBM

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