IBM snaps up Q1 Labs

IBM has acquired Q1 Labs to enhance its security products and services.

The acquisition will see Q1 Labs' security intelligence software and analytic technologies join the newly formed IBM Security Systems division. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Q1 Labs' advanced analytics and correlation capabilities can automatically detect and flag actions across an enterprise that deviate from prescribed policies and typical behaviour to help prevent breaches, such as an employee accessing unauthorised information.

Q1 Labs will now create a common security platform for IBM's software, hardware, services and research offerings.

Brendan Hannigan, CEO of Q1 Labs, said: “Since perimeter defence alone is no longer capable of thwarting all threats, IBM is in a unique position to shift security thinking to an integrated, predictive approach. Q1 Labs' security analytics will add greater intelligence to IBM's security portfolio and continue to distinguish IBM from competitors."

Robert LeBlanc, senior vice-president of IBM Middleware Software, said: “Realigning IBM's security expertise in a new division with a greater focus on analytics is a bold step to help clients stay ahead of the growing security threat. By consolidating our global expertise, IBM clients will have access to the most comprehensive, insightful view of security across their people, data and infrastructure."

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