IBM Focuses On Burgeoning Enterprise Security Requirements

In spite of its broad portfolio, IBM is in no position to become all security things to all people. For example, IBM won’t jump into the AV game (although it will likely use Trusteer to compete with the likes of Bromium, Invincea, and Sourcefire on endpoint anti-malware). Additionally, IBM will likely eschew the next-generation firewall market entirely. Finally, in spite of the fact that IBM has revamped its GX series of IPS (formerly ISS), it won’t go head-to-head with Cisco, Juniper, HP, or McAfee in this market.

Nope, IBM is not trying to go toe-to-toe with Check Point or Symantec, but its enterprise chops, services, and growing security portfolio of products is sure to disrupt the enterprise security landscape. Many vendors in the security market mock IBM’s ability to innovate or move quickly. Maybe, but CISOs (i.e., the customers) like what they see so far and that’s what really matters.

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