BIG BLUE IBM has completed its acquisition of longtime partner Lighthouse Security Group.
The company, which specialises in security for cloud based data, joins Crossideas that IBM bought at the end of last month. The move is part of an expansion of IBM's enterprise security services, which will see products from the two firms merged into IBM's portfolio.
The combined business will include Lighthouse Gateway as well as IBM's own IAM service to create a suite of identity focused security software. IBM GM of Security Services Kris Lovejoy said, "Business models are rapidly evolving as employees conduct more of their work offsite. Protecting this data and who has access to it has become a challenge, costing our clients time and money.
"With this acquisition, IBM provides a unique identity and access management offering that combines proven software and analytics technology with expert managed services that make it easy for businesses to tackle the complexities of security in this new digital world."
IBM, which already monitors 15 billion security events per day, according to its figures, has not disclosed financial information regarding the deal.
Lighthouse Security Group's parent company Lighthouse Computer Services will continue to run as a separate and independent company, working in partnership with IBM. IBM continues to transform its business direction to a cloud heavy future, with the sale of its x86 server division to Lenovo, which has been approved by Chinese authorities.
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