Ford inks three-year, multimillion dollar deal with ISS

Ford Motor Co. has awarded security provider Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS) a three-year, multimillion-dollar contract to protect the automaker's entire global IT infrastructure.

The deal is significant because it shows that companies are investing in security even in this weakened economy, said Steven Russ, vice president market strategies at Atlanta-based ISS.

Ford officials couldn't be reached for comment. Russ said the companies aren't releasing the financial details of the deal.

According to Russ, Ford will deploy ISS's RealSecure Protection Platform across its entire enterprise. ISS will also provide around-the-clock security services, he said.

ISS's platform centrally manages security across multiple locations and network segments, including wireless networks, branch offices and mobile workers, Russ said.

RealSecure protects enterprises against constantly evolving online threats, merging intrusion detection and response, vulnerability assessment and security data collection and analysis into one centrally managed platform that helps companies save money, he said.

"This defense-in-depth strategy is paramount in today's online environment of proliferating threats that reach every point of compromise in an organization, from the network and server all the way to the desktop," said Tom Noonan, ISS's CEO, in a statement.

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