Palo Alto Networks Acquires IBM’s QRadar in Cybersecurity Alliance

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DateMay 17, 2024

Palo Alto Networks and IBM have announced a comprehensive agreement that highlights a common goal to use artificial intelligence (AI) to rethink cybersecurity paradigms. In order to improve security results for a variety of business customers, this partnership combines Palo Alto Networks’ expertise in cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions with IBM’s strong hybrid cloud and AI capabilities.

Central to this agreement is Palo Alto Networks’ acquisition of IBM’s QRadar Software as a Service (SaaS) assets. This move will see QRadar’s SaaS clients transitioned to Cortex XSIAM, Palo Alto Networks’ next-generation security operations platform which boasts advanced AI-powered threat detection. QRadar on-premises (on-prem) clients, however, will continue to receive support and updates from IBM, ensuring continuity and robust defense capabilities.

The synergy between the two tech giants is poised to tackle the complexities of the modern enterprise technology landscape, which is increasingly characterized by rapid digital transformation and AI integration. This environment has escalated the cybersecurity stakes, with businesses demanding more sophisticated, AI-driven security solutions to combat advanced threats.

Nikesh Arora, Chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks, emphasized the transformative potential of the partnership, stating, “The security industry is at an inflection point where AI will transform businesses and deliver outcomes not seen before. It’s a moment to accelerate growth and innovation. Together with IBM, we will capitalize on this trend, combining our leading security solutions with IBM’s pioneering watsonx AI platform and premier services to drive the future of security platformization with complete, AI-powered, secure-by-design offerings.”

Arvind Krishna, Chairman and CEO of IBM, highlighted the strategic nature of the partnership, noting its potential to streamline the adoption of next-generation security operations. “Strategic partnerships like the one we’re announcing today with Palo Alto Networks bring with them significant benefits across the industry. Advanced threat protection and automation, underpinned by Cortex XSIAM and watsonx, and coupled with IBM Consulting, will speed client and partner adoption of next-generation security operations.”

As part of the collaboration, IBM will integrate Palo Alto Networks’ platforms within its Consulting Advantage AI services, aiming to build and scale new cybersecurity solutions. Over 1,000 IBM security consultants are set to receive training to enhance their expertise in the deployment and adoption of Palo Alto Networks’ products, further cementing IBM’s commitment to this partnership.

Moreover, the two companies will establish a joint Security Operations Center and a Cyber Range, providing immersive experiences to help customers and partners better understand and utilize Palo Alto Networks’ security products effectively.

Zero-Trust Network Security

In an expansion of internal security measures, IBM plans to implement Palo Alto Networks’ Cortex XSIAM for next-gen security operations and Prisma SASE 3.0 for zero-trust network security across its global operations. This deployment is designed to protect over 250,000 IBM employees worldwide, showcasing the scalability and efficacy of Palo Alto Networks’ solutions.

Palo Alto Networks, on its part, will integrate IBM’s watsonx large language models (LLMs) into Cortex XSIAM, driving enhanced AI automation capabilities. This integration is expected to propel customer support outcomes through proactive technical issue resolution and tailored self-service solutions.

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, is anticipated to conclude by the end of September 2024. While financial details remain undisclosed, the strategic nature of the deal suggests a considerable impact on the cybersecurity landscape, promising enhanced security capabilities and AI integration that could set new industry standards.

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