IBM Appoints Marc van Zadelhoff as New Head of Security

Ginni Rometty, IBM?EU?s chairman, president and CEO, has added Marc van Zadelhoff to her executive team as general manager of IBM Security. Brendan Hannigan, who has been the GM for the past four years, is reportedly stepping down to spend more time with his family.

Van Zadelhoff (pictured), who previously served as vice president of strategy and product management for security at IBM, will step into his new role early next year, according to news reports.

We caught up with Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, to get his thoughts on the personnel shift. He told us for a company like IBM in a world that is feeling less and less secure this formidable security capability is potentially a huge competitive advantage. Van Zadelhoff?EU?s promotion is as much about appearing prudent as it is about being secure, he said.

?EU?Most smart CIOs know that absolute security isn?EU?t possible and often they aren?EU?t even funded to provide adequate security,?EU? Enderle said. ?EU?But if they can show they used a company like IBM and are breached they at least don?EU?t look negligent and that could save their jobs should there be a breach.?EU?

The Threat Landscape

Rometty seems to have a clear view of how vital security is in an age where hacks, malware and other cybersecurity issues hit the news almost every week.

According to Symantec, 2014 was a record-setting year for zero-day vulnerabilities. That?EU?s not good news, but what?EU?s worse is that it took software companies an average of 59 days to create and roll out patches -- up from only four days in 2013, Symantec noted. Attackers jumped on the opportunity to exploit vulnerabilities.

The Heartbleed bug of 2014 was a prime example and some estimates projected costs to companies from the vulnerability in the millions. Heartbleed impacted most of the Internet,...

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