IBM to Buy Resilient Systems in Security Incident-Response Play
With the average cost of a data breach running at $3.8 million, IBM plans to buy Resilient Systems to beef up its security incident-response capabilities.With security as one of its strategic imperatives, IBM made a series of moves to bolster its security incident response capabilities, including announcing its intent to acquire Resilient Systems, a provider of a popular incident response platform. Resilient Systems, whose CTO Bruce Schneier is a well-known cryptographer, computer security and privacy specialist, develops and markets a security incident-reporting platform that automates the process of responding to cyber-security breaches. The addition of Resilient expands IBM's capabilities in the incident-response space, where Big Blue has been more active in the security threat-detection and -prevention space. Financial terms of the deal, which IBM announced at the RSA Conference 2016 in San Francisco, were not disclosed. "We have a nice portfolio; it's like an immune system we've been putting together for the prevention and detection of security threats, primarily in software and services," Marc van Zadelhoff, general manager of IBM Security, told eWEEK. "What this acquisition does is it really helps us double down in the area of response. Detect and prevent is one area that we spend a lot of time in."
However, IBM has had an existing services team you could call in when there was an attack—sort of like a "Ghost Busters" incident-response team, van Zadelhoff said. "But we're announcing Resilient Systems will be joining us," he said. "And they are the leading incident-response platform. It's a real nice fit on top of our portfolio. Our 6,000 QRadar customers have been asking us to get more into this area. There's also our BigFix, Guardium and our managed services team that will all be leveraging this capability as Resilient comes on board."