IBM Australia unlocks security business strategy

Expansion of Gold Coast institute designed to get security staff working with government, enterprise

Gaining more visibility in the Australian security market place and bringing together the expertise of its security staff are two goals of IBM Institute for Advanced Security director, Glen Gooding.

Gooding said the expansion of its Gold Coast institute was also designed to bring together the vendor’s research capabilities from within Australia and share findings with other IBM security divisions in Singapore, India and Japan. An expansion of the institute means that 10 Australian security staff will work at the Gold Coast at various times of the year. In addition, Gooding has eight staff from IBM’s security divisions across Asia Pacific reporting to him.

According to Gooding, security was IBM’s “best kept secret”. “We have a number of people with strong skills in the security space so my job is to unlock those secrets and get more visibility in the marketplace,” he said. “I want to get IBM at the top of people’s lists when it comes to security.”

He said that collaboration would help to drive the security division to achieve this goal.

“We’ll have expert bloggers from each region throughout Asia Pacific providing discussions around specific security topics; then my goal is to expand that to government and the private sector to try and get a meeting of the minds.”

Once different sectors were on board, he wanted to arrange meetings between government organisations and enterprises to discuss what could be done when it came to malicious activity such as hacking.

“Over the past couple of years we have been building an IBM security framework which focuses on five specific areas including people, their data, application, infrastructure which includes network services, and compliance,” he said.

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