IBM Buys Enterprise Security Firm BigFix

IBM has announced the acquisition of security software organisation BigFix.

California-based BigFix develops enterprise-level IT compliance and management software that allows company administrators to manage security on up to 500,000 computers. The company will be IBM’s 11th security-related takeover since 2006.

BigFix currently employs around 200 workers, and has a 700 strong client portfolio across federal, retail, entertainment, healthcare, education and financial services industries.

Al Zollar, general manager, IBM Tivoli software said: "BigFix automates some of the most time-intensive IT tasks across the most complex global networks, helping save organisations significant amounts of time, labour, and expense."

"BigFix's real-time visibility and control for globally distributed computing devices will complement IBM's existing smarter data centre offerings and strengthen our ability to build security into the fabric of the enterprise."

IBM has stressed that the company intends to keep all of BigFix’s existing partners and customers.

The deal is expected to be finalised in the third quarter of the current financial year. No financial details of the acquisition have been disclosed.