IBM Global Services Security Practice: Rising ProfileBy Mel Duvall | Posted 2002-09-16 Email Print
Dossier: In the wake of September 11, Big Blue has reorganized its safety and security practice to complement its business continuity and disaster recovery offerings.
Security products and services have always been a big part of IBM Global Services' business. But after Sept. 11, IBM created a safety and security practice within Global Services, assembling its safety and security offeringsalong with its substantial business continuity and disaster recovery servicesunder Rusine Mitchell-Sinclair, a 20-year information technology veteran. The practice includes 3,000 consultants and about 100 researchers at her disposal.
"One of the chief reasons you bring in an organization like IBM is because you know they have the experience," says David Zink, the organization's vice president and CIO, who gives the company high marks for its work.
ChartOne, a San Jose-based company that stores medical records for about 1,400 hospitals in the U.S., retained IBM to consult on a security and storage-farm project. IBM now manages and provides disaster recovery services for the company's huge data warehouse. Sharad Patel, the company's chief technical officer, has been satisfied overall with IBM's work and ongoing support.
However, he says there were some problems early on in the project when IBM had to integrate its equipment with the company's Sun server environment. "Our engineering teams had to work together to make the hardware and software layer work together. But they stepped up to the plate to resolve the problem," Patel says.
The Napa Valley Wine Warehouse, a facility that stores wine for 54 wineries in California, brought IBM in to design and implement a secure extranet for its customers. General Manager Karen Ames was very satisfied with the work, but it came at a cost. "They are pricier, there's no way around that. But security was a big concern for me and my wineries," she says.
IBM Global Services Security Practice
3039 Cornwallis Road, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Employees: 3,100 (3,000 consultants, and 100 researchers dedicated to security practice)
General Manager, Safety and Security Practice
Joined IBM in 1996, becoming a vice president with Global Services. Previously held executive positions with Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, and Rolm Corp.
Vice President, Global Security Solutions
Appointed to position in 2001. Formerly in charge of IBM's sponsorship marketing efforts, including its huge involvement with the Olympic Games.
Chief Privacy Officer
Responsible for guiding privacy policies across the company.
Security assessments, outsourcing, business continuity, disaster recovery. Partnered with Kroll for physical security.
Napa Valley Wine Warehouse
Project: Used IBM to design and implement a secure extranet for the 54 wineries that use its facilities.
Union Bank of California
Vice President, Systems and Contingency Planning
Project: Brought IBM in to design and implement a secure online banking application.
Canadian Payments Association
Project: IBM designed and implemented a public key infrastructure project to allow for the secure exchange of transactions between banks and financial services companies. Also provided security assessment services.
Chief Technical Officer
Project: Brought IBM in to design and implement a secure storage farm to house medical records.
T. Rowe Price
Vice President, Application Architecture
Project: Used IBM on a project to implement a secure access system so customers can gain access to multiple applications using one sign-on.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Vice President, CIO
Project: Brought IBM in to consult on security to meet a 2001 deadline for making its information systems comply with the administrative standards of the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Executives listed here have all been customers of IBM Global Services' security practice. Their willingness to talk has been confirmed by Baseline.