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The IBM X-Force researches and monitors the latest Internet threat trends, develops security content for IBM customers, and helps advise customers and the general public on how to respond to emerging and critical threats.

IBM X-Force Research and Development Team

The IBM X-Force research and development team provides the foundation for a preemptive approach to Internet security. The X-Force team is one of the best-known commercial security research groups in the world. This group of security experts researches and evaluates vulnerabilities and security issues, develops assessment and countermeasure technology for IBM products and educates the public about emerging Internet threats.

IBM X-Force Threat Reports

IBM X-Force produces reports on threats affecting Internet security throughout the year. The Trend and Risk Report is produced twice per year - at mid-year and year-end - to provide statistical information about all aspects of threats that affect Internet security. The Threat Insight Report is produced at quarterly intervals throughout the year, and highlights some of the most significant threats and challenges facing security professionals today.

IBM X-Force Database

The IBM X-Force database is the world's most comprehensive threats and vulnerabilities database. It is the result of thousands of hours of research by the X-Force team, and much of the data is used to power the preemptive protection delivered by IBM products.

IBM X-Force Alerts and Advisories

IBM X-Force delivers the latest information on Internet threats and vulnerabilities through notifications, such as Protection Advisories and Alerts. Along with information about the threat, these notifications provide customers with information about how IBM products and services can protect against the threat.

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The IBM X-Force receives advance information about vulnerabilities addressed by Microsoft security updates as a participant in the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP).


IBM publishes product coverage details for Microsoft security bulletins to help you keep your Microsoft servers, desktops, and applications up to date and secure.

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