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IBM Recognized by Frost & Sullivan as the World Leader of Intrusion Detection and Prevention


ARMONK, NY - 22 Jan 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it has been recognized as the world leader in the intrusion detection (IDS) and intrusion prevention (IPS) market in 2007 in a new research service by global growth consulting company, Frost & Sullivan. The research service, entitled "World Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems Markets," examined the market penetration, long-term vision and competitive differentiators of over 40 market participants and found IBM ISS to be the leader with a 22 percent share of the global market.

"IBM ISS has surprised the entire market by quickly moving from a predominately intrusion detection device base to intrusion prevention," said Rob Ayoub, industry analyst for Information & Communication Technology, Frost & Sullivan. "IBM ISS also has focused on integrating its network and host based solutions to provide a unified solution to customers. The end-to-end combination of network and host based IPS provides a value proposition that significantly aids administrators in the deployment and management of their security infrastructure. Frost & Sullivan believes that IBM ISS is not only poised to continue as a leader in this difficult market, but will continue to be an innovator as well."

According to the research service, "The launch of both high and low end IPS products show the IBM ISS commitment to product development." It also detailed the fact that "IBM ISS also has an advantage in being one of the few vendors to offer network, host, and anomaly detection based products." The research service went on to state that, "With the increased focus on data loss by numerous organizations, more and more customers are going to be seeking out vendors who can provide all three prevention technologies."

With key market drivers including increasingly complex attacks, ongoing vulnerability discoveries, and the need for companies to comply with new legislation, Frost & Sullivan expects the worldwide IDS/IPS market to grow from $932 million in 2007 to $2.1 billion in the next five years.

"IBM is committed to providing our customers with the most advanced intrusion detection and protection available anywhere in the world," said Carolyn Schreiber, business line executive for IBM ISS. "Frost & Sullivan's research shows that our commitment is having a positive global impact on market share, service excellence and the satisfaction of our customers."

IBM is the world's leading provider of risk and security solutions. Clients around the world partner with IBM to help reduce the complexities of security and strategically manage risk. No other company can provide the experience and range of risk and security solutions as IBM -- from dedicated research, software, hardware, services and global business partner value -- to help clients secure their business operations and implement company-wide, integrated risk management programs.

For more information about Frost & Sullivan's Best Practices Awards, visit www.awards.frost.com.

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Jennifer Knecht
IBM Media Relations
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knechtj@us.ibm.com

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