IBM acquires Lighthouse Security Group to beef up security software biz

In order to strengthen its presence in the security software market, enterprise IT vendor IBM has acquired the business operations of Lighthouse Security Group, a cloud security services provider.

Earlier, IBM acquired CrossIdeas, a provider of security software with analytics capabilities for securing enterprises.

The acquisition will enable IBM to offer security software and services that protect and manage a user’s identity by integrating the businesses of Lighthouse Security Group and CrossIdeas with IBM’s identity and access management offering.

The company said Lighthouse Security Group’s Lighthouse Gateway identity management solution will be integrated into IBM’s managed security services offering.


Enterprise customers will benefit by deploying the solution from a hosted environment, which reduces the cost of digital identity management and speeds the deployment for any type of IT environment such as a data center, in the cloud or a hybrid of the two.

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

Security market is one of the top priorities for IBM.

IBM has made more than a dozen acquisitions in security in the past decade. The IT vendor has more than 6,000 security researchers and developers in its 25 security labs working on developing enterprise-class solutions.

Lighthouse Gateway provides customers with a strategic cloud-based platform, which includes a suite of functionality that is based on IBM Security Identity and Access Management capabilities – including user provisioning, identity lifecycle governance, single sign-on, enterprise user registry services, federation, and user self service.

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