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An Alliance with Actual Teeth

I've seen a million vendor alliances, all aimed at helping the world, saving the planet and making their wares interoperate. It seems like the more vendors there are in an alliance, the less chance there is of success.

So I was skeptical when 13 vendors joined forces and formed The Cyber Security Alliance. I was going to brush this puppy off and not even write about it. That is, until I learned they're building a $10 million technology center to help ensure that products work together, threats are quickly detected and attacks thwarted.

When you have companies like Microsoft, EMC, HP, Dell and Intel all pitching in, $10 million doesn't sound like a lot. But if these companies really do work together and more investments are made, this could be a pretty effective weapon.

Posted by Doug Barney on November 20, 2009


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