In its second cloud security deal in as many weeks, IBM acquired cloud security provider Lighthouse Security Group, LLC.

Last week, IBM dealt for CrossIdeas, a privately held provider of security software that governs user access to applications and data across on-premise and cloud environments. CrossIdeas combines business-driven governance and analytics capabilities so users get greater control for securing enterprises.

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Lighthouse Security Group’s Gateway platform protects identity and data in an increasingly complex IT environment where more company information ends up stored in the cloud and accessed from mobile devices. Financial terms were not immediately available.

By integrating the businesses of Lighthouse Security Group and CrossIdeas with IBM’s identity and access management offering, IBM will offer a suite of security software and services.

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The challenges of data access ends up exacerbated by the digital world where companies are struggling to protect company information, including employee and customer identity, as they end up stored beyond the traditional enterprise.

Rather than managing a single point of entry to this information, businesses must now be able to verify who is accessing their systems, data and network from multiple points including cloud and mobile devices. In this new era, identity and access management has become the first line of defense from potential data breaches.

Lincoln, RI-based Lighthouse Security Group offers the Lighthouse Gateway, an identity management solution that will integrate into IBM’s leading managed security services offering. Customers can deploy and use the solution from a secure, hosted environment, which 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 only authorized personnel can access sensitive corporate information no matter what the entry point is.

One possible scenario shared by IBM showed the impact of 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 the information ends up 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.”

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