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Quick Take: IBM Acquires CrossIdeas To Refresh Its Identity Management Product Line

Business-Friendly IAM Is Essential To Security And Business Agility

August 5, 2014

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On July 31, 2014, IBM announced its intent to acquire CrossIdeas, an identity and access management (IAM) specialist headquartered in Rome, for an undisclosed sum. With this acquisition, IBM will add a number of notable IAM capabilities to its product line, including access governance, access request management, role design and management, separation of duties (SoD), and SAP governance. In this report, we examine IBM's motivations for acquiring CrossIdeas, outline the specific identity management capabilities that CrossIdeas brings to the IBM IAM product line, and provide security and risk (S&R) professionals with recommended questions they must ask IBM before they invest in these solutions.

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