IBM announced the acquisition of Internet Security Systems, Inc. (ISS) earlier this morning.
ISS provides security solutions to thousands of companies and governments around the globe, helping to proactively protect against Internet threats across networks, desktops and servers.
With increased concerns regarding data and identity theft, regulatory compliance, and cyber security challenges, addressing IT security has become one of the most complex challenges companies face, regardless of size, location or industry.
The acquisition of ISS will augment IBM's position in the rapidly growing area of Managed Security Services, combining ISS' complementary automated security platform, services, software and expert consultants with IBM's broad security portfolio, innovative research and global reach.
"Companies recognize that rapidly evolving security threats and complex regulatory requirements have turned security into a mission-critical priority," said Val Rahmani, General Manager, Infrastructure Management Services, IBM Global Services, said of the announcement. "ISS is a strategic and valuable addition to IBM's portfolio of technology and services. This acquisition will help IBM to provide companies with access to trained experts and leading-edge processes and technology to evaluate and protect against threats and enforce security policies."
ISS has more than 11,000 customers worldwide including 17 of the world's largest banks, 15 of the largest governments, 11 of the top public insurance companies and 13 of the world's top IT organizations. ISS also brings to IBM a network of business partners skilled in selling the ISS product line and an expanded product set to the IBM Business Partner channel.
You can read more about the deal here.
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