IMB’s unique mobile cybersecurity training center is a first in the industry

IBM X-Force Command Cyber Tactical Operations Center - Mobile Cybersecurity Facility

IBM has launched its X-Force Command Cyber Tactical Operations Center.

A mobile cyber security training operations center has been launched by IBM Security. Known as the X-Force Command Cyber Tactical Operations Center (C-TOC), the mobile security unit will travel around the United States and Europe for the purpose of running incident drills with clients, according to an IBM press release.

The mobile training center will provide on-demand cybersecurity support and build cybersecurity awareness.

The first-of-its-kind, fully operational mobile cybersecurity facility is literally a travelling training center on wheels, housed in a tractor trailer. Inside the tractor trailer is a gesture-controlled cybersecurity “watch floor,” data center and conference facilities that can reportedly support two dozen operators, analysts and incident command center staff.

According to the IBM PR, the facility is modeled after Tactical Operations Centers used by the military and incident command posts used by first responders. The IBM X-Force C-TOC aims to provide IMB clients with on-demand cybersecurity support and build cybersecurity awareness and skills with professionals, students and consumers.

The mobile cybersecurity facility hopes to help improve response times to actual data breaches.

Traditionally, cybersecurity teams pour their focus into the detection and protection against cybersecurity threats. However, over the years, as tech advancements and the use of technology has increased, organizations are now realizing that there is a need to plan and practice their response to security incidents as well. It’s no longer just about detection and protection.

In fact, a 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study discovered that companies with the ability to effectively respond to incidents and remediate the event within 30 days, can save more than $1 million on the total cost of the data breach. That being said, less than 25% of professionals surveyed said they have such a cybersecurity incident response plan in place.

“Experiencing a major cyberattack is one of the worst crisis a company can face, and the leadership, skills and coordination required is not something you want to test out for the first time when you’re facing a real attack,” stated Caleb Barlow, Vice President of Threat Intelligence, IBM Security, in the news release.

“Having a mobile facility that allows us to bring realistic cyberattack preparation and rehearsal to a larger, global audience will be a game changer in our mission to improve incident response efforts for organizations around the world.”

IBM X-Force Command Cyber Tactical Operations Center - Mobile Cybersecurity FacilityIMB’s mobile cybersecurity facility is capable of being deployed in a number of environments, due to it have self-sustaining power, cellular and satellite communications. It also provides a sterile and resilient network for investigation and response, plus a cybersecurity training platform that is state-of-the-art.

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