Palo Alto Networks and IBM to Jointly Provide AI-powered Security Offerings

IBM to Deliver Security Consulting Services Across Palo Alto Networks Security Platforms

News Summary: 

  • IBM to platformize internal security solutions with Palo Alto Networks; Palo Alto Networks will be its preferred cybersecurity partner across network, cloud and SOC
  • Palo Alto Networks will incorporate watsonx large language models (LLMs) in Cortex XSIAM to deliver additional Precision AI™ solutions
  • IBM will bolster its leading security services to drive a significant book of business in cybersecurity and AI security, featuring Palo Alto Networks platforms in its expanded portfolio
  • IBM will train more than 1,000 of its security consultants on migration, adoption and deployment of Palo Alto Networks products
  • Palo Alto Networks has agreed to acquire IBM’s QRadar Software as a Service (SaaS) assets, and the two companies will partner to offer seamless migration for QRadar customers to Cortex XSIAM
  • IBM will accelerate innovation and investment in data security and identity and access management for hybrid cloud and AI; will partner with Palo Alto Networks on security operations, threat management, and DevSecOps

Palo Alto Networks , the global cybersecurity leader, and IBM (NYSE: IBM), today announced a broad-reaching partnership to deliver AI-powered security outcomes for customers. The announcement is a testament to Palo Alto Networks’ and IBM’s commitment to each other’s platforms and innovative capabilities.

The expanding and complex enterprise technology landscape, driven by digital transformation and the rapid growth of AI, presents significant cybersecurity challenges. To address increasingly sophisticated threats and evolving attack surfaces, organizations are prioritizing comprehensive security platforms that are underpinned by AI.

Palo Alto Networks and IBM aim to help streamline and transform security operations, stop threats at scale, and accelerate incident remediation for their customers with the complete AI-powered approach that is required. These industry dynamics, paired with today’s partnership announcement, present significant opportunities for both companies.

As part of this expanded partnership, Palo Alto Networks has agreed to acquire IBM’s QRadar SaaS assets, including QRadar intellectual property rights, subject to customary closing conditions. Upon closing, Palo Alto Networks and IBM will facilitate the migration of QRadar SaaS clients to Cortex® XSIAM®, the leading next-generation security operations (SOC) platform, with advanced AI-powered threat protection supported by 3,000 out-of-the-box detectors.

Nikesh Arora, Chairman and CEO, Palo Alto Networks: 
“The security industry is at an inflection point where AI will transform businesses and deliver outcomes not seen before. It’s a moment to accelerate growth and innovation. Together with IBM, we will capitalize on this trend, combining our leading security solutions with IBM’s pioneering watsonx AI platform and premier services to drive the future of security platformization with complete, AI-powered, secure-by-design offerings.”

Arvind Krishna, Chairman and CEO, IBM: 
We are delighted to be partnering with the Palo Alto Networks team and we are excited about the future of AI-powered cybersecurity innovation.”

Companies to Establish Joint Security Operations Center
IBM Consulting will be a preferred Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) for current and future Palo Alto Networks customers. In addition, a joint Security Operations Center will feature a managed SOC, and the companies will also establish a joint Cyber Range that will offer immersive experiences for customers to further understand the value of Palo Alto Networks security products.

As IBM’s cybersecurity partner of choice, Palo Alto Networks’ leading cybersecurity solutions will be accessible in IBM’s Consulting Advantage AI services platform, including the building of assets and repeatable methods to support scale.

Together, Palo Alto Networks and IBM will accelerate consultant training, enabling more than 1,000 IBM experts to provide optimal migration, deployment, and adoption services across Palo Alto Networks platforms. IBM will also build industry-vertical capabilities on top of Cortex XSIAM, leveraging watsonx. Consistent with IBM partnerships with other major technology companies.

Strengthening Mutual Customer Relationships 
IBM intends to expand its deployment of Palo Alto Networks AI-powered security platforms internally, adopting Cortex XSIAM for next-gen security operations and Prisma SASE 3.0 for zero-trust network security to safeguard more than 250,000 of its global workforce. IBM’s adoption of security platformization is a marquee example of how customers can benefit from the streamlined operations of security products across the Palo Alto Networks portfolio.

Palo Alto Networks intends to integrate watsonx LLMs into Cortex XSIAM to drive additional automation capabilities, as well as leverage IBM’s watsonx to accelerate its roadmap to improve customer support outcomes. watsonx will help Palo Alto Networks proactively address known technical issues, create tailored self-service solutions, and boost overall agent productivity within Palo Alto Networks customer support operations. In addition, Palo Alto Networks plans to deploy other IBM software products to benefit from the latest innovations in cloud and automation.

Bringing DevSecOps Capabilities to Market
Through this forward-looking collaboration, IBM will expand its relationship with Prisma® Cloud, the industry’s most comprehensive cloud native application protection platform (CNAPP). 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’s strength in DevOps, coupled with Palo Alto Networks cloud security expertise, will embolden “secure-by-design” DevSecOps capabilities for joint customers to help prevent insecure code from running in cloud workloads in production.

The transaction portion of this announcement is expected to close by the end of September 2024 and is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

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