IBM acquires Lincoln-based cloud-security company

(Updated, 8:51 a.m.) IBM Corp. announced Monday that it has acquired Lighthouse Security Group LLC, a cloud-security services company and subsidiary of Lighthouse Computer Services Inc., for an undisclosed sum. More

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IBM acquires Lincoln-based cloud-security company

IBM CORP. HAS acquired Lincoln-based Lighthouse Security Group LLC, developer of the Gateway identity management platform designed to protect corporate information even when it is accessed from the cloud. IBM did not disclose the purchase price.
Posted 8/11/14

(Updated, 8:51 a.m.)

LINCOLN – IBM Corp. announced Monday that it has acquired Lighthouse Security Group LLC, a cloud-security services company and subsidiary of Lighthouse Computer Services Inc., for an undisclosed sum.

Lighthouse Security’s Gateway platform aims to protect identity and data at a time when more company information is being stored in the cloud and accessed from mobile devices. 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, IBM explained in announcing the acquisition.

“Business models are rapidly evolving as employees conduct more of their work offsite,” said Kris Lovejoy, general manager of 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.”

Tricia A. Vuiton, a spokeswoman for IBM, said the company will not be making any staffing changes at Lighthouse Security Group and no employees will be relocating out of Lighthouse’s current Lincoln offices.

Lighthouse Security Group’s Gateway identity management platform ensures that information is shared from a company’s on-premise data center to the cloud, but only authorized employees have access and the information remains secure.

The Gateway platform will be integrated into IBM’s managed security services designed to reduce the cost of digital identity management for businesses operating in any IT environment, whether through a data center, in the cloud or a hybrid of the two.

The news of IBM’s acquisition of Lighthouse Security follows its earlier acquisition of CrossIdeas, a privately held provider of security software that governs user access to applications and data across on-premise and cloud environments. By integrating the businesses of Lighthouse Security Group and CrossIdeas with IBM’s identity and access management services, IBM will offer a full suite of security software and services that protect and manage a user’s identity, IBM said.

IBM has made more than a dozen acquisitions in security during 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 security solutions.

“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,” said Eric Maass, chief technology officer of 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.”

Lighthouse Security Group parent Lighthouse Computer Services Inc. is a long-time IBM Business Partner.

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