Big Blue adds Consul to Tivoli

IBM to integrate Dutch software specialist’s ‘auditor in a box’ product

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By  Published  December 16, 2006

IBM has made yet another addition to its Tivoli software unit, with the announcement this month that it is buying auditing software specialist Consul Risk Management.

The proposed acquisition follows its announcement last month that it is to buy wireless software development firm Vallent.

Consul, based in the Netherlands, produces a compliance program that helps enterprise customers monitor and report on any questionable or suspicious behaviour among members of their IT administration staff or on intranets.

The software — which the firm refers to as ‘auditor in a box’ — uses a single management technology dashboard to monitor business compliance processes. It automatically provides alerts when information or technology assets are at risk, when data is inappropriately accessed, or if compliance processes have been breached.

For example, a technology company could detect when an unauthorised identity accesses a system containing future product design concepts, or an online retailer could be notified if an abnormally high number of customer records are accessed.

Companies currently using Consul’s software include Ford Motor, Office Depot and Fidelity Bank. The acquisition should be completed in the first quarter of next year.

As a part of its Tivoli unit, IBM said, Consul will help bolster its Service Management Initiative by improving data governance functions as well as compliance monitoring, auditing and reporting capabilities.

“Consul is uniquely capable of rounding out the IBM portfolio to help clients more fully address compliance around access to private information to help reduce risk in their organisations,” said Al Zollar, general manager, IBM Tivoli Software.

“Together, IBM and Consul will be able to offer integrated security management and powerful user activity monitoring across the entire IT infrastructure from devices and systems to applications in both traditional and service-oriented architectures (SOAs),” he added.

Research group TBR said the move would help IBM’s overall security efforts. “Security is a hot topic for all vendors in the IT industry, and TBR believes IBM is clearly stating that they intend to be a leader in fulfilling the demand for secure IT solutions,” the firm said in an advisory.

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