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HP announces security partnership, supports women in IT security field

HP announces security partnership, supports women in IT security field 

The HP Threat Central Partner Network will provide real-time intelligence about adversaries and their attack methods by encouraging the sharing of information between partners.

The company has already welcomed partners such as Arbor Software, BlueCoat, InQuest, ThreatGRID, TrendMicro, and Wapack Labs into the fold.

“We will be extending our ability to protect by partnering with big names in security,” said Rob Greer, VP and GM, HP Software, Network Security, HP. “This is a positive approach. We are coupling together with partners that are detecting unknown threats.”

The company also announced the HP TippingPoint Advanced Threat Integration Program, a solution that blocks threats and provides access to the HP Threat Central network. It already includes partners such as BlueCoat, Damballa, Lastline, and Trend Micro.

Among other upgrades to its security portfolio is HP Targeted Threat Intelligence, which analyzes data collected from sources such as social media and hacker forums to provide a more complete picture of an organization’s threat landscape, and enhancements to the company’s Managed Security Services.

In addition to these enhancements, HP has announced that it will be granting $250,000 to its new Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security (SWIS) program.

“The security industry has a pressing need for skilled security talent that can function fluidly in today’s environment,” said Art Gilliland, SVP and GM, Enterprise Security Products, HP, in a release. “With the new scholarship program for women in information security, as well as the expansion of HP’s academic program, HP will support security career growth and introduce new talent to the field.”

Participating students will receive between $5,000 and $10,000 each year, up to a total of $20,000 over a two-year period. Scholarship winners will also have the option to intern at HP.

So far, over 60 universities have signed up for the new program.

In addition to the grant, HP says it will be working closely with post-secondary institutions to develop programs and courses that will teach students the skills they need to work in the IT security field.

These announcements come at a time when the Ponemon Institute is predicting a 40 per cent vacancy rate in the IT security jobs field in 2014. HP says more must be done to attract and retain top talent, and it believes the scholarship can help achieve that goal.

“We’re excited about investing in and improving the security field,” said Greer.

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