Leading IT Vendors Establish Forum to Drive Global Security Response Excellence and Innovation

    ICASI to collaborate on response to global security threats across

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 26 /CNW/ -- Today, five leading
information technology (IT) vendors announced the creation of the Industry
Consortium for Advancement of Security on the Internet (ICASI), a nonprofit
organization that will enhance global IT security by proactively driving
excellence and innovation in security response.  Founded by Cisco,
International Business Machines, Intel Corporation, Juniper Networks, and
Microsoft Corp., ICASI provides a unique forum for global companies committed
to proactively addressing complex, multi-product security threats and to
better protecting enterprises, governments and citizens, as well as the
critical IT infrastructures that support them.
    During the last few years, common Internet security threats have evolved
from wide-reaching worms and viruses to more sophisticated, stealth attacks
that may begin to simultaneously target multiple products or shared protocols
in multiple products.  ICASI will allow IT vendors to work together to address
multi-vendor security threats.  The consortium will provide a mechanism for
international vendor and customer involvement, and allow for a
government-neutral way of resolving significant global, multi-product security
    The increasing sophistication of attacks and the integration of
applications, now common in IT environments, pose real challenges for IT
vendors. Online attacks occur more frequently and in more rapid succession,
while often spanning international boundaries. To date there has not been a
trusted vendor environment that allows companies to identify, assess, and
mitigate multi-product, global security challenges together on the customers'
behalf. ICASI aims to fill this void.
    ICASI does not seek to respond to every product security issue that
emerges, but rather the consortium is designed to respond to and ideally
reduce the potential customer impact of global, multi-vendor cyber threats.
The organization is organized around four guiding principles.
    --  Customer security - Through ICASI's collaboration and leadership, IT
vendors will be better able to identify and resolve multi-vendor security
threats quickly, thereby helping to reduce the security threat impact and
improve customer security.
    --  Agility and effectiveness - ICASI is committed to improving the
efficiency and effectiveness of multi-vendor threat resolution and security
response practices.
    --  Collaboration and trust - ICASI creates a unique environment where
information, necessary to quickly solve security-related threats, can be
shared, as appropriate.
    --  Leadership and innovation - ICASI includes leading IT companies from
around the world and leverages their expertise to innovate security response
excellence, which it shares with the industry.
    ICASI's commitment to advance Internet security includes changing how
vendors work together on multi-product security fixes. Developing and sharing
innovations for preventing and mitigating security challenges is also a core
focus for ICASI members.
    As cyber security challenges change, ICASI members seek to work with
other leading firms that have a sustained commitment to advancing security
response and engineering excellence to mitigate multi-product, international
security incidents.

    ICASI Member Quotes:
    "At Cisco we are always looking for new ways to enhance how we help our
customers protect their organizations. By working with this large ecosystem of
security companies, we are confident that ICASI will promulgate more
responsive and comprehensive processes and best practices that enhance the
global security landscape and ultimately will better protect how our customers
live, work and play."
    - David Goddard, Vice President for Security Assurance, Cisco
    International Business Machines
    "It is important for IBM to collaborate with some of the top technology
companies to try to increase the security protections for both IBM's clients
and ourselves internally. This is why IBM supports ICASI with 100 percent
enthusiasm. We're passionate about providing sustainable businesses for our
clients and we recognize the need to collaborate with the world's security
leaders to do that successfully. During the last few years, common Internet
security threats have evolved from wide-reaching worms and viruses to more
targeted, stealth attacks specifically for theft of work and personal data. By
supporting ICASI, IBM provides not only an aggressive, proactive and
preventative approach to security, but we also have a defined defensive
strategy in place in the event of the most unthinkable security breaches."
    - Linda Betz, Director, IT Policy and Information Security, International
Business Machines
    Intel Corporation
    "It is critical that the technology industry strengthen its ability to
combat the ever-changing nature of the global cyber threat landscape. ICASI is
an ideal opportunity for a trusted dialogue within the vendor community to
affect a positive change in cyber security and response. Intel's involvement
in ICASI reinforces our commitment to ensuring the security of computing
environments and rapid response to security events globally."
    - Malcolm Harkins, General Manager, Information Risk and Security, Intel
    Juniper Networks
    "Juniper has long recognized the need for a trust-based collaborative
means within which we could operate in the event of multi-vendor network
security vulnerabilities.  As the security threat landscape continues to
evolve rapidly and becomes increasingly sophisticated, our customers rely on
us to create a responsive and trusted environment that detects and mitigates
threats.  Embarking on ICASI is another step in our commitment to deliver
high-performance networking and world-class security for our customers."
    - Michael Frendo, Senior Vice President, High-End Security Systems,
Juniper Networks
    Microsoft Corp.
    "The Internet has transformed the way many of us live. Social networking
represents the new town square; blogging has turned citizens into journalists;
and e-commerce sites have spurred global competition in the marketplace. But
as the Internet has become more integral to our daily lives, many people
believe that issues associated with online security and privacy are at
unacceptable levels. To truly improve online security and privacy, the
industry must come together through dialogue, collaboration and consensus, and
we believe ICASI represents a crucial step in that direction."
    - George Stathakopoulos, General Manager, Product Security, Microsoft

For further information:

For further information: ICASI, +1-206-718-8734, press@icasi.org Web
Site: http://www.icasi.org

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