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IBM, Palo Alto marry to focus on AI-based security technology

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“On-premise QRadar clients who wish to remain on QRadar on-prem will continue to receive IBM features and support including security, usability, and critical bug fixes, as well as updates to existing connectors and the ability to expand consumption,” IBM stated. 

“For both QRadar SaaS and on-prem clients who chose to migrate to Cortex XSIAM, the companies, along with their ecosystem of business partners, will closely collaborate to enable a smooth transfer, with IBM and Palo Alto Networks offering no-cost migration services to qualified customers,” IBM stated.

The partnership also includes the following features:

  • IBM Consulting will become a preferred Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) for Palo Alto customers.
  • A joint Security Operations Center will feature a managed SOC, and the companies will also establish a joint Cyber Range.
  • IBM will expand its relationship with Palo Alto Prisma Cloud. Prisma Cloud will expand its existing integrations with current and future IBM DevOps offerings, including cloud-native security built for Red Hat OpenShift and Ansible.
  • IBM will also train more than 1,000 of its security consultants on the migration, adoption, and deployment of Palo Alto products.

“Advanced threat protection and automation, underpinned by Cortex XSIAM and watsonx, and coupled with IBM Consulting, will speed client and partner adoption of next-generation security operations,” Arvind Krishna, Chairman and CEO, IBM said in a statement. “We’ll deliver these capabilities with Palo Alto Networks, and accelerate our security investments and innovation in areas like data security and identity and access management. These are critical offerings that our clients need when protecting their data, hybrid cloud environments, AI models, and applications.”

IBM and Palo Alto have had a strategic partnership for cybersecurity developments for several years. For example, the companies jointly offer security offerings through IBM Consulting Cybersecurity Services, integrating Palo Alto Networks security technologies. The partnership will focus on helping companies modernize their security operations and secure cloud transformations.

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