IBM opens up QRadar APIs, launches security app exchange

Big Blue hopes the effort will spur the development of security applications that can be used in the battle against cyber attackers.

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IBM announced Tuesday plans to open up its QRadar analytics platform to in an effort to spur the development of security applications that can be used in the battle against cyber attackers.

Big Blue hopes to use the future influx of security apps to populate the IBM Security App Exchange, which the company also just announced.

IBM said the marketplace will give developers and partners a way to share and collaborate on security technology. For IBM, both efforts will eventually expand the utilization of its QRadar platform, a security suite IBM acquired in 2011 after it purchased the security intelligence software company Q1 Labs.

For good measure, IBM says it is updating QRadar with new automated response capabilities, which will allow customers to automatically take action to protect against specific threats once they've been detected.

As for the new app exchange, it can be seen as an extension of IBM's X-Force Exchange. Launched in April, X-Force aims to be one of the largest and most thorough catalogs of vulnerabilities in the world, helping companies to defend against cyber-crimes in real-time.

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Now, the security industry is able to collaborate on technology, in addition to sharing information.

"With thousands of customers now standardizing on IBM's security technologies, opening this platform for closer collaboration and development with partners and customers changes the economics of fighting cybercrime," said Marc van Zadelhoff, VP of strategy for IBM Security. "Sharing expertise across the security industry will allow us to innovate more quickly in order to help stay ahead of increasingly sophisticated attacks."