IBM Security Systems: Geek Cred, Real World Security
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The big news this week in my world was Tuesday's
announcement that IBM is creating a separate division in IBM devoted to the
security market place. It will be called IBM Security Systems. I love the name.
First of all it's a TLA
and it's a macronym
with a hint of “backronym”
harkening back to our acquisition of Internet Security Systems. So the name's
got geek cred all over it.
But all joking aside, this is a great move for IBM. Over the past few years we've seen security move from the “confidentiality, integrity, and availability” discussions about IT systems to security of the Smarter Planet. As real world things become more instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent, We've been steadily evolving our discussion from “the security of IT systems” to “how IT systems can improve the security of real world things.”
So you see IBM getting involved in securing buildings as
part of our Smarter
Buldings initiatives. We've seen IBM develop leading
edge criminal investigation centers that support investigators in real
time. We've seen IBM get involved in improving security in Smart Grid
Of the “three I's” in Smarter Planet, “instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent,” the biggest mover seems to be the “intelligent” aspect. And IBM has been lining up amazing capabilities in the intelligence space. We've got the Identity Insight family of offerings, we've got Cognos for business analytics and SPSS for predictive analytics and other heavy duty statistical number crunching.
And as of Tuesday, IBM announced an intent to acquire Q1 Labs which is further adding to our analytics
capabilities. If you look at the high level info about Q1 Labs, you see that
they are a leader in the SIEM
arena, which in itself is admirable. But wher they differentiate themselves
from the rest of the SIEM segment is their unequalled ability to analyze and
make sense of the massive amounts of data they are collecting. Their security
intelligence capabilities based on analysis of all the different disparate data
sources they can marshall is nothing less than amazing.
IBM has the deepest portfolio of foundational security controls for security IT infrastructure and with the acquisition of Q1 Labs IBM will have the deepest portfolio of Security Intelligence capabilities as well and I think we're in a better position than anyone for tackling real world security.
Update: Here's the official IBM press release.