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IBM Expands Security Portfolio with Plans to Acquire ReaQta

IBM Launches QRadar XDR Suite to Simplify Threat Detection, Investigation and Response

IBM Security yesterday expanded its capabilities to detect and respond to cyber threats with plans to acquire ReaQta. ReaQta’s endpoint security solutions are designed to use artificial intelligence to automatically identify and manage threats while remaining undetectable to opponents. This move will expand IBM’s capabilities in the Extended Discovery and Response (XDR) market, in line with IBM’s strategy of delivering open-minded security that encompasses a variety of tools, data, and hybrid cloud environments.

As part of yesterday’s announcement, IBM also detailed a new suite of XDR offerings under the QRadar brand. IBM QRadar XDR helps security analysts break down silos between the proliferation of industry-specific products by providing comprehensive visibility into security tools and data sources, both in the cloud and on-premise, and by providing security teams with information and automation they need to act quickly.

Upon closing, ReaQta’s offerings will join this portfolio, adding expanded native XDR capabilities to IBM’s security portfolio to help clients adopt continuous monitoring and rapid response as part of a zero trust approach.

Businesses today are struggling to secure increasingly distributed IT environments as devices, users, and technologies proliferate in the clouds and on-premises infrastructure. As a result, security incidents are becoming more difficult and costly to detect and contain, with data breaches costing over $4 million per incident and taking an average of 212 days to identify them, according to IBM and Ponemon’s 2021 Data Breach Costing Report.

“Complexity has created a blanket under which attackers are operating, increasing their ability to bypass defenders,” said Mary O’Brien, general manager of security at IBM.

Announces Intent to Acquire ReaQta

The planned acquisition of ReaQt by IBM further diversifies the portfolio of connected, open security tools that standardise and accelerate the response to security threats. ReaQta, whose head office is in the Netherlands and headquartered in Singapore, will join the IBM Security business unit following closure. ReaQta was built by an elite group of cybersecurity experts and researchers with expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and extensive experience in security operations. Financial terms were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close later this year, subject to customary closing conditions and required regulatory reviews.

“Our mission at ReaQta has been to better equip the defenders, who are tirelessly striving to stay ahead of cyber threats, with advanced technology to quickly identify and block new attacks,” said Alberto Pelliccione, CEO at ReaQta

IBM is implementing an open and connected approach to XDR, leveraging its commitment to open security and the Open Cybersecurity Alliance, as well as alliances and integrations with more than 200 cloud and security providers, creating thus the largest XDR ecosystem in the industry. The QRadar XDR suite also includes native IBM security technologies that customers can choose to leverage for Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), Network Discovery and Response (NDR), and Automation and Response. security orchestration response (SOAR).

Now with the addition of ReaQt, the QRadar XDR package will also include an Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) option, allowing IBM to provide native capabilities for all core XDR functions, as well as providing customers with the ability to leverage existing investments and thirdly enterprise tools across a broad ecosystem IBM partners. IBM QRadar XDR will also be designed to deliver more accurate alerts while helping to reduce manual processes thanks to built-in detection and response mechanisms.

Matthew Giannelis

Secondary editor and executive officer at Tech Business News. Contracting as an IT support engineer for 20 years Matthew has a passion for sharing his knowledge of the technology industry.

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