IBM to Acquire Q1 Labs

IBM has announced it will acquire Q1 Labs to expand its business intelligence (BI) portfolio by including security events to its lineup of deep analytics capabilities.

Q1 Labs is best known as a data analytics software company. With their capabilities IBM will be able to expand its security and events management capabilities.

With the advanced analytics from Q1 Labs, IBM will provide customers with correlation capabilities to automatically detect and flag suspicious or abnormal events, such as systems breach attempts and rogue systems usage.  IBM made this announcement on October 4, 2011. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

Q1 Labs will join IBM as a new security division within IBM. Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president of IBM Middleware Software, said during a recent conference call. The new division, IBM Security Systems, will be led by Brendan Hannigan, the current CEO of Q1 Labs. Hannigan will report directly to LeBlanc.

IBM Security Systems will be formed by Q1 Labs and security software, appliances, lab offerings and services IBM has picked up from more than 10 strategic security acquisitions and 25 analytics-related buys over the past 10 years. Those include Tivoli, Rational and i2, according to LeBlanc.

"Q1 Labs' security analytics will add greater intelligence to IBM's security portfolio and continue to distinguish IBM from competitors," Hannigan said.

Organizations feel cyber-attacks are increasingly harder to detect, and their ability to identify threats, detect insider fraud, predict risk and comply with regulatory mandates would be easier with an end-to-end security platform, LeBlanc said, adding that security is at the "top of the list" of things they are worrying about. Customers will benefit from tightly integrated products and a unified road map.

"There's a lot of data, but not brought together in a way to give clients a way to understand the threats," LeBlanc said.

Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly common across the globe. Many Fortune 2000 companies as well as government agences around the world are under frequent cyber attack of their core systems and services.

The opportunity for cyber attacks grows daily as these corporations and governments continue to amass information about individuals in complex networks across the Web. At the same time new generations of cyber activists, some motivated purely by money and others by the desire to expose and destabilize corporations and governments, continue to hack into organizational secrets.

No enterprise, no matter how small or benign, will ever be safe from attack in the future, with an estimated 250,000 site breaches reported in the last few years. 

With this acquisition, IBM now has a complete security solution for the enterprise.

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