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Primeur weekly 2014-08-18

Special

HPC computing based on the working of the human brain ...

Exascale supercomputing

NERSC, Intel, and Cray team up to prepare users for transition to exascale computing ...

The Cloud

Made in IBM Labs: Governing geographically dispersed Cloud data ...

IBM acquires Cloud security services provider Lighthouse Security Group ...

IBM opens first SoftLayer data centre in Canada ...

EuroFlash

European Commission to launch public survey on Net Innovation for the Work Programme 2016-2017 ...

SysFera joins ETP4HPC ...

Iberdrola stars work on construction of 66 megawatt Pier II wind farm in Mexico ...

Quantum simulators explained ...

USFlash

University of Michigan computer scientist reviews frontier technologies to determine fundamental limits of computer scaling ...

Finalists compete for coveted ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing ...

Florida Polytechnic University, Flagship Solutions Group and IBM announce supercomputing centre ...

Vancouver Film School selects HP Z workstations with AMD FirePro professional graphics ...

TACC's Stampede and Lonestar systems aid microbiome research of gum disease, diabetes, and Crohn's disease ...

CacheBox application acceleration software increases on-line transactions per second by 56x while reducing latency by 98% ...

Data-visualization tool identifies sources of aberrant results and recomputes visualizations without them ...

Penguin Computing's new line of Arctica Ethernet switches featuring x86 application compatibility now available ...

Altera releases Quartus II software Arria 10 edition v14.0 ...

IBM to receive approval for selling x86 supercomputer business to Lenovo ...

IBM acquires Cloud security services provider Lighthouse Security Group

11 Aug 2014 Armonk - IBM has acquired the business operations of Lighthouse Security Group LLC, a premier Cloud security services provider. Lighthouse Security Group's Gateway platform protects identity and data in an increasingly complex IT environment where more company information is being stored in the Cloud and accessed from mobile devices. Lighthouse Security Group is a subsidiary of long-time IBM Business Partner Lighthouse Computer Services Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed.

This news follows IBM's acquisition of CrossIdeas, a privately held provider of security software that governs user access to applications and data across on-premise and Cloud environments. CrossIdeas combines business-driven governance and analytics capabilities to give customers greater control for securing enterprises. By integrating the businesses of Lighthouse Security Group and CrossIdeas with IBM's identity and access management offering, IBM will offer a full suite of security software and services that protect and manage a user's identity.

The challenges of data access have been exacerbated by the digital world where companies are struggling to protect company information, including employee and customer identity, as they are stored beyond the traditional enterprise. Rather than managing a single point of entry to this information, businesses must now be able to verify who is accessing their systems, data and network, and whether they are entitled to do so, from multiple points including cloud and mobile devices. In this new era, identity and access management has become the first line of defense from potential data breaches.

Based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, Lighthouse Security Group offers the Lighthouse Gateway, an identity management solution that will be integrated into IBM's leading managed security services offering. Customers can deploy and use the solution from a secure, hosted environment, which significantly reduces the cost of digital identity management and speeds the deployment for any type of IT environment - a data centre, in the Cloud or a hybrid of the two. As a result, businesses can take immediate steps to help protect corporate data and prevent identity theft by ensuring that only authorized personnel can access sensitive corporate information no matter what the entry point.

Consider the impact when an automotive manufacturer looking to provide its global sales managers with immediate access to classified specifications on its new line of cars moves this data to the Cloud. Now authorized managers can access the specifications from their laptops or smartphones while on the show floor. Through the Lighthouse Gateway, the company is able to ensure that the information is shared from its on premise data centre to the Cloud, but only authorized employees have access and the information remains as secure as ever.

"Business models are rapidly evolving as employees conduct more of their work offsite. Protecting this data and who has access to it has become a challenge, costing our clients time and money", stated Kris Lovejoy, General Manager, IBM Security Services. "With this acquisition, IBM provides a unique identity and access management offering that combines proven software and analytics technology with expert managed services that make it easy for businesses to tackle the complexities of security in this new digital world."

The acquisition of Lighthouse Security Group extends IBM's security leadership in delivering innovation, services and software that help businesses protect their data. IBM has made more than a dozen acquisitions in security in the past decade and has more than 6,000 security researchers and developers in its 25 security labs worldwide that work on developing enterprise-class solutions. Lighthouse Security Group builds upon this investment by combining IBM's leading managed security software and services.

"Our ability to match the power and capabilities of traditional enterprise offerings through a Cloud-based service set us apart from the competition and fueled our success", stated Eric Maass, Chief Technology Officer, Lighthouse Security Group. "We are excited to become part of IBM's security offering and help customers continue to transform their operations while giving them the assurance that their most vital assets remain secure."

The Lighthouse Gateway provides customers with a strategic Cloud-based platform, which includes a full suite of functionality that is based on IBM Security Identity and Access Management capabilities - including user provisioning, identity lifecycle governance, single sign-on, enterprise user registry services, federation, and user self service.
Source: IBM

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2014-08-18

Special

HPC computing based on the working of the human brain ...

Exascale supercomputing

NERSC, Intel, and Cray team up to prepare users for transition to exascale computing ...

The Cloud

Made in IBM Labs: Governing geographically dispersed Cloud data ...

IBM acquires Cloud security services provider Lighthouse Security Group ...

IBM opens first SoftLayer data centre in Canada ...

EuroFlash

European Commission to launch public survey on Net Innovation for the Work Programme 2016-2017 ...

SysFera joins ETP4HPC ...

Iberdrola stars work on construction of 66 megawatt Pier II wind farm in Mexico ...

Quantum simulators explained ...

USFlash

University of Michigan computer scientist reviews frontier technologies to determine fundamental limits of computer scaling ...

Finalists compete for coveted ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing ...

Florida Polytechnic University, Flagship Solutions Group and IBM announce supercomputing centre ...

Vancouver Film School selects HP Z workstations with AMD FirePro professional graphics ...

TACC's Stampede and Lonestar systems aid microbiome research of gum disease, diabetes, and Crohn's disease ...

CacheBox application acceleration software increases on-line transactions per second by 56x while reducing latency by 98% ...

Data-visualization tool identifies sources of aberrant results and recomputes visualizations without them ...

Penguin Computing's new line of Arctica Ethernet switches featuring x86 application compatibility now available ...

Altera releases Quartus II software Arria 10 edition v14.0 ...

IBM to receive approval for selling x86 supercomputer business to Lenovo ...