IBM buys Resilient Systems, aims to offer response 'playbooks' to security incidents

Resilient brings a platform to orchestrate and automate responses to security incidents. IBM will integrate it across its security portfolio.

IBM has acquired Resilient Systems in a move to beef up its security operations and offer automated response playbooks to attacks.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but Resilient brings a platform to orchestrate and automate responses to security incidents. Resilient is based in Cambridge, Mass.

With the RSA Security conference kicking off, it appears that orchestration and automation platforms to respond to breaches and attacks are going to be popular. For instance, Akamai on Monday announced updates to its Kona Site Defender service that will bolster automation to distributed attacks.

Resilient, which has about 100 employees, will form a pillar in IBM's X-Force Incident Response Services. IBM has a consulting and software unit that helps enterprises thwart as well as manage attacks. Resilient's platform will be combined with IBM's QRadar intelligence platform as well as integrated across Big Blue's security portfolio.

In a nutshell, Resilient provides automated response playbooks for security incidence as well as a knowledge base on regulatory and compliance needs.

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For IBM, security is one of markets expected to put the company on a better growth path. With Resilient, IBM is planning to offer analytics, prevention, detection and response technologies in one bundle.

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