HP Opens German Security Operations Center to Protect Enterprises from Cyber Crime

New Security Operations Center in Boeblingen will help minimise cost and disruption of security attacks for enterprises of all sizes

BRUSSEL, Dec 10, 2014 — HP today announced the opening of a Security Operations Center in Boeblingen, Germany, which will enable German enterprises to more effectively protect themselves against cybercrime.

In the face of escalating threats, HP’s new state-of-the-art Security Operations Center will help German enterprises adapt to the New Style of IT by improving their information security, reducing risk and alleviating the burden on internal resources so that they can focus on driving real value for their businesses. Staffed by dedicated security teams with detailed knowledge of local regulatory requirements, it will offer 24x7x365 German language support and ensure that data is retained within Germany.


“Over the course of this year the average cost of cybercrime in Germany climbed to €6.1M per enterprise, and each attack took an average of 21 days to resolve¹,” said Arthur Wong, SVP and general manager, Enterprise Security Services, HP. “Enterprises are struggling to defend themselves, often without qualified personnel, against cybercriminals who are increasingly acting as a highly professional and interconnected industry. This new HP Security Operations Center will give clients access to qualified staff, the most up-to-date technology, and the latest information on vulnerabilities and new attack types. HP detects more than 23 billion security events monthly - more than all other security service providers combined.”²


The HP Security Operations Center will relieve German enterprises of the burden of day-to-day security management by offering the full portfolio of HP Managed Security Services as well as leading security software. Through hardened perimeter defences and continuous monitoring, it will enable faster threat detection, earlier initiation of defensive measures and quicker service restoration. Integrated into HP’s global workflow and platform, it will also be able to leverage HP’s global network of Security Operations Centers to improve risk assessments and recommendations.


While the HP Security Operations Center will make it possible for enterprises of all sizes to address long-term data protection and reduce the impact of cyber crime, these services could be of particular benefit to smaller enterprises, who typically incur a higher per capita cost than larger organisations as a result of IT security breaches, and may not have the resources to tackle the problem. Entrusting their security operations to HP would reduce the ongoing training costs of ensuring that security experts are capable of handling new types of security incidents.


Among the site-specific capabilities of the HP Security Operations Center in Boeblingen will be a local instance of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) to collect, store and normalise data for more effective monitoring and response. This uses HP ArcSight to detect security breaches at an early stage by analysing and evaluating structured log data, and HP Autonomy to monitor unstructured information sources such as notes, warnings and messages from the internet.


The operation of firewalls to protect internet access and enterprise networks is still an important element of corporate security, and the HP Security Operations Center will enable German customers to use state-of-the-art managed firewall technology without regular investments. HP TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) software provides automated protection of corporate networks from intruders and malicious network traffic, and is continuously updated by HP Security Research with information about new security vulnerabilities.


¹  Cost of Cybercrime study, 2014, a global study of U.S.-based companies conducted by the Ponemon Institute on behalf of HP Enterprise Security.

² HP Security Research


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