IBM Internet Security Systems

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IBM Internet Security Systems
Type Division
Industry Computer software
Security software
Fate Acquired by IBM
Founded Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. (1994 (1994))
Founders Chris Klaus
Headquarters 6303 Barfield Road, Atlanta, Georgia,, U.S.
Area served Worldwide
Key people Ginni Rometty
(Chairman, President, and CEO)
Services IBM Security Solutions
Parent IBM
Divisions IBM Security Solutions
Website IBM Internet Security Systems

IBM Internet Security Systems, formerly Internet Security Systems, and is often known simply as ISS or ISSX (after its former NASDAQ ticker symbol) is a security software provider founded in 1994. The company was acquired by IBM in 2006.

History[edit]

In 1992, while attending the Georgia Institute of Technology, Christopher Klaus developed the first version of Internet Scanner. In 1994, Chris Klaus founded ISS to further develop and market Internet Scanner. Although the larger shareholder, Chris Klaus took the role of Chief Technology Officer, whilst Tom Noonan was recruited as Chief Executive Officer in 1995. In 1996 Bob Davoli, from Sigma Partners, led the first round of venture capital investment in ISS. The initial public offering of the company on NASDAQ was on March 23, 1998.[1][2]

Further products in security software space followed, including Network Sensor and Server Sensor which were both developed in-house. In 1998, ISS acquired the UK company March Information Systems, and rebranded their Security Manager product as System Scanner. About the same time, ISS acquired the company DbSecure, founded by Eric Gonzales and Aaron C. Newman, to add a database security solution to their products. The DbSecure product was rebranded as Database Scanner. Subsequently ISS acquired Network ICE and integrated their BlackICE technology into the ISS product range.[2]

In 2004 Chris Klaus stepped down from his role of Chief Technology Officer to pursue other interests, although he remained a significant shareholder and a role as the company's Chief Security Advisor. His role as Chief Technology Officer was taken by Chris Rouland.[3]

On 23 August 2006, IBM announced its intention to acquire Internet Security Systems for $1.3 billion. On 16 October 2006, the deal was approved by ISS shareholders.[4]

Products[edit]

IBM has since discontinued ISS' signature product, the Proventia multifunction security appliance. This occurred after a long decline in tech support and licensing renewal service associated with the product.[5][6]

Current and former product families of ISS include:[7]

Currently supported products include:

  • Endpoint Secure Control
  • Enterprise Scanner
  • Internet Scanner
  • IBM Open Signatures
  • IBM Security Network Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)[10]
  • Proventia Desktop
  • Proventia Management SiteProtector[11]
  • Proventia Management SiteProtector Web Console
  • Proventia Network Mail Security
  • Proventia Network Multi-Function Security
  • Proventia Server Intrusion Prevention System for Linux[12]
  • Proventia Server Intrusion Prevention System for Windows
  • Proventia Web Application Security
  • Proventia Web Filter
  • Virtual Server Protection for VMWare[13]

Location[edit]

IBM Internet Security Systems is headquartered in Sandy Springs, near Atlanta (Georgia, USA). Until late 2003 the company had significant development activities in Mountain View (California, USA), Reading (UK) and Sydney (Australia), but all development has since been relocated to Atlanta. The company also maintains sales offices worldwide.[14]

IBM Security Solutions providing support for IBM Internet Security Systems' products have support center offices worldwide[15]

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External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ISS Overview". IBM Internet Security Systems. Archived from the original on May 21, 2007. Retrieved June 7, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "ISS Timeline". IBM Internet Security Systems. Archived from the original on April 20, 2007. Retrieved June 7, 2007. 
  3. ^ Fisher, Dennis (11 May 2004). "Internet Security Systems CTO Steps Down". The Channel Insider. 
  4. ^ http://news.cnet.com/IBM+to+buy+ISS+for+1.3+billion/2100-7355_3-6108538.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "IBM to buy ISS for US$1.3 billion". CNET News.com. 2005-08-23. 
  6. ^ Fred O'Connor (2006-10-16). "IBM buys bolster security, content management offerings". Computerworld. Retrieved 2006-10-16. 
  7. ^ "ISS Products". IBM Internet Security Systems. Retrieved June 7, 2007. 
  8. ^ Internet Scanner
  9. ^ Network Sensor
  10. ^ IBM Security Network Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)
  11. ^ Proventia Management SiteProtector
  12. ^ Proventia Server Intrusion Prevention System for Linux
  13. ^ Virtual Server Protection for VMWare
  14. ^ "ISS Locations". IBM Internet Security Systems. Retrieved June 7, 2007. 
  15. ^ http://www-05.ibm.com/fr/events/IBM_ISS_study_tour/prez/MSS_SOC_may_2009.pdf
  16. ^ https://cert.webtrust.org/pdfs/iss_systrust.pdf