IBM Acquires Security Software Specialist Q1 Labs

By Nathan Eddy  |  Print this article Print

Following the close of the acquisition, Q1 Labs will join the newly formed IBM Security Systems division.

Technology giant IBM announced it is acquiring Q1 Labs, a Waltham, Mass.-based provider of security intelligence software. The move aims to accelerate IBM’s efforts to help clients more intelligently secure their enterprises by applying analytics to correlate information from key security domains and creating security dashboards for their organizations. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Following the close of the acquisition, Q1 Labs will join the newly formed IBM Security Systems division. After the close, IBM intends the new division to be led by Brendan Hannigan, CEO of Q1 Labs. IBM’s Security Systems division integrates the company’s Tivoli, Rational and Information Management security software, appliances, lab offerings and services. Q1 Labs technology will also create a common security platform for IBM’s software, hardware, services and research offerings.

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

IBM plans to apply Q1 Labs’ analytics to drive greater security intelligence capabilities across its security products and services such as identity and access management, database security, application security, enterprise risk management, intrusion prevention, endpoint management and network security. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2011 and is subject to regulatory review and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

The IBM Security Systems division will target a $94 billion market in security software and services, which has a nearly 12 percent compound annual growth rate, according to IBM estimates.  Q1 Labs will join the more than 10 security acquisitions IBM has made in the last decade and the more than 25 analytics-related purchases, including the recently announced acquisition of security analytics software firm i2.

Q1 Labs’ analytics and correlation capabilities are designed to help detect and flag actions across an enterprise that deviate from prescribed policies and typical behavior to help prevent breaches, such as an employee accessing unauthorized information.

The company’s software collects and analyzes information from hundreds of sources across an organization such as the network, applications, user activity, mobile endpoints, and physical security devices such as badge readers — including both cloud-based and on-premise sources.  Its security information and event management (SIEM) software also helps IT staff and auditors manage the tracking of security incidents.