IBM X-Force Research and Development is one of the most renowned commercial security research and development teams in the world. These security professionals monitor and analyze security issues from a variety of sources, including its database of more than 76,000 computer security vulnerabilities, its global web crawler and its international spam collectors. The X-Force team produces the IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Quarterly report to help customers, fellow researchers and the public at large better understand the latest security risks, and stay ahead of emerging threats. The reports dive deeply into some of the most significant challenges facing security professionals today, including software vulnerabilities and public exploitation, malware, spam, phishing, web-based threats and general attack activity.
The Internet continues to connect more people, places and things, resulting in a new range of security risks. Today the Internet of Things seems more of a curiosity than a valid business concern, but hardware manufacturers have an opportunity to head off potential vulnerabilities and security issues. Likewise, organizations have an opportunity to leverage IP reputations to ward off malicious traffic before it enters their network.