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Thursday, June 07, 2007

IBM Makes Security Move to Acquire Watchfire

IBM announced plans to acquire Massachusetts-based software vendor Watchfire in a bid to beef up compliance testing and security for Web applications as they are being developed.  Together, the technology from Watchfire and IBM Rational software will help customers integrate Web application security and compliance throughout the development process, enabling customers to test and track the compliance of their applications with security, legal and corporate requirements, company officials said.

Watchfire technology will also complement existing IBM Tivoli identity, access and compliance management software offerings and ISS by extending security and compliance testing as an integrated element of the application development life cycle.

“Security breaches and lack of compliance with industry and government regulations can topple business integrity and customer trust,” said Danny Sabbah, general manager of IBM Rational software, in a statement.

“IBM’s purchase of Watchfire capitalizes on an important trend in the security software market: inherently secure products,” said Allan Krans, an analyst at Technology Business Research, in an e-mail.

Posted on 06/07