Paula Musich, principal analyst at research firm Current Analysis, says she viewed IBM's security push today as "a significant advancement of IBM's security products and services portfolio."
"What really stands out for me is the level of coordination that IBM has achieved across disparate product groups and the great focus IBM has brought to solving pressing problems like how to ensure compliance in the move to the cloud," Musich says.
This is especially because IBM is also enhancing the QRadar security information and management product, gained as part of its acquisition of Q1 Labs, to be able to collect more and more data from distributed locations, including cloud services, for the purposes of presenting risk-management decisions to business. "I think they recognize that they got a bit of a late start, compared with their chief rival HP," she adds. It's obvious they're making up for lost time."
In other news this week, IBM announced it has appointed Christina Peters, an attorney with IBM since 1996, as the company's chief privacy officer. Peters is expected to guide IBM's direction on public-policy issues and industry initiatives related to data security and privacy, while also continuing to serve on the advisory board of the Future of Privacy Forum.
Ellen Messmer is senior editor at Network World, an IDG publication and website, where she covers news and technology trends related to information security. Twitter: MessmerE. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.