IBM Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management

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ARMONK, N.Y. - 01 Jul 2014: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned IBM Security Systems as a leader in providing Security Information and Event Management software in the newly published Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM Technology  [1] This report follows the recent recognition of IBM moving up Gartner’s worldwide security software rankings to the number three spot. 

“We believe Gartner’s recognition helps validate IBM’s approach to security that focuses on helping customers benefit from security intelligence and analytics, and overcome challenges created by fragmented point solutions,” said Brendan Hannigan, General Manager, IBM Security Systems. “Our IBM Security QRadar SIEM solution is also part of a broader integrated Threat Protection System that goes far beyond the traditional approaches of protection.  We can now disrupt advanced persistent threats, prevent data breaches and anticipate behavioral changes in applications regardless of whether they are from known or unknown threats.” 

Among the 15 vendors evaluated in the report, IBM was placed furthest on the completeness of vision and highest on the ability to execute axes.  With regard to completeness of vision, Gartner analysts evaluated market understanding among seven other evaluation criteria which is the “Ability of the vendor to understand buyers' wants and needs and to translate those into products and services. Vendors that show the highest degree of vision listen to and understand buyers' wants and needs, and can shape or enhance those with their added vision.”

With regard to ability to execute, seven criteria are evaluated including customer experience.  “Customer experience is an evaluation of product function or service within production environments. The evaluation includes ease of deployment, operation, administration, stability, scalability and vendor support capabilities. This criterion is assessed by conducting qualitative interviews of vendor-provided reference customers in combination with feedback from Gartner clients that are using or have completed competitive evaluations of the SIEM offering.”

IBM Security QRadar conducts behavioral analysis of an organization’s business processes and applications to help determine if potential security-related events are simple anomalies or potential threats -- all with small rates of false positives limiting the need for Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) teams to deploy unnecessary resources. 

Unlike traditional SIEM, IBM Security QRadar also provides log management, anomaly detection, incident forensics, configuration and vulnerability management capabilities. It also fully integrates with IBM’s Big Data and Analytics platform.

Gartner estimates, “SIEMis a $1.5 billion market that grew 16% during 2013 — with an expected growth rate of 12.4% during 2014.”  In the overall security software market, IBM has experienced six straight quarters of double digit growth fueled by a significant investment in organic development and the acquisition of companies, including Q1 Labs, Trusteer, Guardium, Ounce Labs, Watchfire and Fiberlink/MaaS360.

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About IBM Security

IBM’s security portfolio provides the security intelligence to help organizations holistically protect their people, data, applications and infrastructure. IBM offers solutions for identity and access management, security information and event management, database security, application development, risk management, endpoint management, next-generation intrusion protection and more. IBM operates one of the world’s broadest security research and development, and delivery organizations. IBM monitors 15 billion security events per day in more than 130 countries and holds more than 3,000 security patents. For more information, please visit, follow @IBMSecurity on Twitter or visit the IBM Security Intelligence blog.

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[1] Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Security Information and

Event Management” by Kelly M. Kavanagh, Mark Nicolett, Oliver Rochford, June 25, 2014

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