IBM strengthens security in summer spending spree

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By  Published  August 31, 2006

IBM is investing in security, having announced that it will be acquiring a leading network security specialist.
It will acquire ISS (Internet Security Systems) in a deal worth US$1.3 billion.

ISS operates security operations centres (SOCs) that remotely protect businesses against virus attacks. It also sells software and hardware to improve network security against internet-based attacks.

"ISS is a strategic and valuable addition to IBM's portfolio of technology and services," said Val Rahmani, general manager, infrastructure management services, IBM global services.

"This acquisition will help IBM to provide companies with access to trained experts and leading-edge processes and technologies to evaluate and protect against threats and enforce security policies." IBM said it plans to sell ISS's products as services through its global services unit and integrate its programmes into its Tivoli software.

Tom Noonan, president and CEO of ISS, said: "By delivering an integrated security platform that is adaptable and extensible to address new threats and business requirements without incremental complexity and cost, ISS has delivered the foundation for delivering security as a service. These on-demand capabilities, together with our managed security services, appliances and software will further bolster IBM's leading security services and products as we take this innovation out to a larger, global stage."

ISS is the second acquisition to be announced by IBM in August. Two weeks earlier, it agreed to buy FileNet, the business process and content management provider. The acquisition ties in with IBM's Information on Demand initiative, which aims to provide clients with data exactly when and how they need it for their business. IBM will integrate its BPM and SOA with FileNet’s architecture.

Lee Roberts, chairman and CEO of FileNet, said: "The combination of IBM and FileNet will deliver increased innovation and industry-focused content management solutions, enabling our clients, systems integrators, ISVs and other partners to create enhanced and more competitive solutions."

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