IBM acquires Lighthouse Security Group

IBM today announced it has acquired the business operations of Lighthouse Security Group, a premier cloud security services provider.

Lighthouse Security Group’s Gateway platform protects identity and data in an increasingly complex IT environment where more company information is being stored in the cloud and accessed from mobile devices. Lighthouse Security Group is a subsidiary of long-time IBM Business Partner Lighthouse Computer Services. The financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Today’s news follows IBM’s acquisition of CrossIdeas, a privately held provider of security software that governs user access to applications and data across on-premise and cloud environments. CrossIdeas combines business-driven governance and analytics capabilities to give customers greater control for securing enterprises. By integrating the businesses of Lighthouse Security Group and CrossIdeas with IBM’s identity and access management offering, IBM will offer a full suite of security software and services that protect and manage a user’s identity.

Based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, Lighthouse Security Group offers the Lighthouse Gateway, an identity management solution that will be integrated into IBM’s leading managed security services offering. Customers can deploy and use the solution from a secure, hosted environment, which significantly reduces the cost of digital identity management and speeds the deployment for any type of IT environment—a data center, in the cloud or a hybrid of the two.

As a result, businesses can take immediate steps to help protect corporate data and prevent identity theft by ensuring that only authorized personnel can access sensitive corporate information no matter what the entry point.

“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,” said Kris Lovejoy, general manager, IBM Security Services.

The acquisition of Lighthouse Security Group extends IBM’s security leadership in delivering innovation, services and software that help businesses protect their data. IBM has made more than a dozen acquisitions in security in the past decade and has more than 6,000 security researchers and developers in its 25 security labs worldwide that work on developing enterprise-class solutions. Lighthouse Security Group builds upon this investment by combining IBM’s leading managed security software and services.

“We are excited to become part of IBM’s security offering and help customers continue to transform their operations while giving them the assurance that their most vital assets remain secure,” said Eric Maass, chief technology officer, Lighthouse Security Group.

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