IDC MarketScape Names IBM a Leader in Worldwide Managed Security Services

Recognized for its Technical Expertise in Advanced Threat Intelligence, Big Data Analysis and Cloud Security

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Armonk, N.Y. - 25 Jul 2014: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it has been named a leader in the new IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Managed Security Services 2014 Vendor Assessment.

In the report, which evaluated 11 companies offering managed security services worldwide, IDC analysts placed IBM in the “leaders” category, recognizing the company for its “strengths in advanced threat intelligence, big data analysis of threat intelligence, cloud security, complementary services, and customer portal.” With cyber attacks growing in both number and sophistication, these services are critical as businesses look to protect their most valuable assets, including those in the cloud.

“Companies today face an unprecedented number of potential threats which have pushed security to the top of boardroom agenda,” said Kris Lovejoy, General Manager, IBM Security Services. “With this evaluation, the IDC MarketScape recognizes the power of our security services offering and our ability to help customers around the globe analyze, identify and prevent threats that can potentially cripple their business.”

The report also named IBM as one of the few “participants with managed security services delivery that can be considered truly global.” Part of IBM’s global offering highlighted is its “Security Operations Center practice, which helps “customers identify ways to improve results from their security information and event management solutions and assist customers that want to build their own security operation centers.” IBM currently has more than 10 centers located around the globe where teams manage and monitor 15 billion security events 24 hours a day, seven days a week for clients in more than 130 countries

Today’s news recognizes IBM’s commitment to providing security intelligence that helps organizations holistically protect their people, data, applications and technology infrastructure. IBM has more than 3,000 security related patents and more than 1,200 security software developers, 2,000 security consultants, and 6,000 security researchers, developers and subject matter experts.

The IDC MarketScape also emphasizes IBM’s partnership with AT&T. In February, the two companies announced a new strategic relationship to give businesses an easy-to-use, single-source for network security and threat management. The report states that the “joint venture meets a real market need with an end-to-end security solution that provides enterprise customers with both integration and simplicity.”


To download the IDC MarketScape Worldwide Managed Security Services 2014 Vendor Assessment report, please click here.

For more information about IBM Security, please visit, follow @IBMSecurity on Twitter or visit the IBM Security Intelligence.

About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

Sources:  IDC MarketScape Worldwide Managed Security Services 2014 Vendor Assessment Doc# #248646, June 2014

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