IBM will stop selling the BlackIce PC Protection security suite, a product that came under its wing after buying Internet Security Systems (ISS) a year ago for $1.3 billion.
The company will stop selling BlackIce on 19 September, and end technical support for the product, which is just for PCs running Windows, on 29 September, 2008, according to Sûnnet Beskerming, a security company. "Hopefully, they won't go further than that."
At least one other vendor is stepping in to fill the gap. Sunbelt Software is offering to current BlackIce customers a one-year subscription to its own Personal Firewall, including free technical support. Sunbelt's software is a host intrusion protection product and includes features such as content filtering.