IBM has acquired the business operations of Lighthouse Security Group, a cloud security services provider.
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 center, 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 is.
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 center 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.” said 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,” said Eric Maass, CTO, 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.