Feeds

IBM preps biz info flow sniffer

Plus auto-redaction software

Security for virtualized datacentres

Next month, IBM will demonstrate new business software designed to track how information flows across different systems and squeal when it spots potential flaws or alterations.

Based on its own research along with technology from the $225m acquisition of Guardium in 2009, IBM's InfoSphere Business Information Monitor will be released as preview program this coming March.

Big Blue's latest foray into information governance is designed to track how data moves from databases and content repositories into business applications and reports, sending out real-time email or RSS alerts if it detects any anomalies.

IBM said an example would be a health insurance company analyzing profit margins across different product lines (like HMO, Medicare, etc). Those calling the shots would be alerted if a data feed from a specific location wasn't being included into the mix and notified of possible implications.

The software works for most relational databases such as Oracle, SQL Server, and IBM's DB2 — and it can snoop for quality issues in databases accessible through Open Database Connectivity (ODBC).

The company also plans another business software product next month, called Optim Data Redaction, which detects sensitive information in documents and automatically blacks it out in copies for unprivileged eyes.

IBM's example for the software is that a customer's credit score in a loan document could be hidden from an office clerk, while still visible to a loan officer.

The sensitive information is spotted by Optim Data Redaction inside most popular document formats based on keywords entered into the system (or keynumbers, as the case may be) — hopefully not leaving your poor office clerk playing Mad Libs all day long. That's certainly something we'd like to see in action first.

IBM is mum on the price of the auto-redaction software, but the company said it's expected to be released some time in March. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY
'Nerd release' finally staggers past 50 per cent adoption
Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins
Redmond thinks the Object Real-Time Communications API for WebRTC is ready to roll
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
Mozilla: Spidermonkey ATE Apple's JavaScriptCore, THRASHED Google V8
Moz man claims the win on rivals' own benchmarks
Yes, Virginia, there IS a W3C HTML5 standard – as of now, that is
You asked for it! You begged for it! Then you gave up! And now it's HERE!
FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on
Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings
Oi, Windows, centOS and openSUSE – behave, we're all friends here
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.