HP expands Threat Central intelligence sharing with clutch of security vendors

Spirit of collaboration

HP is expanding its Threat Central intelligence-sharing platform to crowdsource threat data from third-party security vendors, the firm has announced.

Threat Central was announced last year as a collaborative system through which community members (i.e customers) could share real-time intelligence on attackers and their methods.

This is now being extended to security vendors in the form of the HP Threat Central Partner Network, with the first names announced being Arbor Networks, Blue Coat Systems, InQuest, ThreatGRID, TrendMicro and Wapack Labs. Threat Central also feeds data into HP's own ArcSight and TippingPoint offerings.

What sort of data is being contributed by each vendor has not been made clear but HP has already said its own network feeds in sources such as intelligence taken from hacker forums and social media.

"Collaboration is fueling unprecedented innovation in the criminal marketplace, enabling the ecosystem of adversaries to stay ahead of our defenses," said HP's senior vice president of enterprise security products, Art Gilliland, senior vice president and general manager, HP.

"Crowd-sourced threat intelligence from our vast community of customers, partners and researchers is essential in this battle against cybercrime; we need to stop chasing silver bullet technologies and start sharing actionable intelligence through our solutions, expertise and best practices if we are going to compete and win."

With some of its traditional business units not doing as well as they have in the past, HP sees security and services as key to its future. As in the security divisions of other large IT houses, threat intelligence is seen as an essential part of that plan.

CEO Meg Whitman last week talked up the possibility of acquisitions. This could include investment in security; HP bought the core of its security division, Fortify Software, ArcSight and TippingPoint (part of 3Com), in 2010.

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