IBM beefs up Tivoli to with audit, compliance acquisition

IBM has announced an acquisition to deepen the auditing and compliance functionality of IBM's Tivoli systems management software.

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IBM has announced an acquisition to deepen the auditing and compliance functionality of IBM's Tivoli systems management software.

IBM plans to buy privately held US technology firm, Consul Risk Management to enhance the compliance and security auditing capabilities of its Tivoli systems management software family.

The IT giant said yesterday it expects to close the purchase in the first quarter of 2007 and absorb Consul into its Tivoli Software business unit but declined to disclose financial details on the proposed transaction.

Consul's software lets customers track, report and investigate unauthorised access of corporate information by their employees. The company has two main software suites – nSight, which focuses on the needs of enterprise users and zSecure, which targets mainframe users.

Some of IBM's customers are particularly keen to use their mainframes as security hubs so the addition of Consul's zSecure will likely prove appealing to them, according to Joe Anthony, the company's program director for Tivoli Integrated Identity Management. Aside from Consul's support of IBM's System z mainframes, the companies previously had no formal relationship.

IBM plans to provide details on a roadmap for Consul's software after closing the deal next year. The vendor hopes to quickly integrate the technologies with Tivoli. "They should dovetail nicely together," Anthony said.

Consul will help Tivoli define and flag what customers determine to be "acceptable use" of their data by those permitted to view that information, Anthony said. "We were definitely not as deep in that area," he added. "Consul is much more thorough."

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