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IBM Snaps up Watchfire

Posted by Xavier Ashe on June 6, 2007

IBM liked Watchfire's Web application security software so much it plans to buy the company for an undisclosed sum, it said
Wednesday.


Watchfire develops software for identifying vulnerabilities in Web applications and for auditing sites for compliance with
regulations on corporate governance, data privacy, or accessibility.

IBM plans to fold the Waltham, Massachusetts, company into its Rational division, adding Watchfire's security compliance and
quality testing functions to Rational's software delivery tools.

The
two companies are no strangers: Watchfire's 800 customers include IBM,
Dell, Sun Microsystems, and a host of others in the financial,
pharmaceutical and entertainment industries. IBM's Global Services
division is also a partner and reseller, according to Watchfire.

Other
developers of application security testing tools include Cenzic and SPI
Dynamics. Cenzic, in Santa Clara, California, has worked with
application development tool specialist Borland Software in the past,
and its current partners include IBM and Mercury Interactive, now a
subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard.

Watchfire developed its WebXM auditing tool in house, but obtained its flagship AppScan product through the acquisition of Sanctum in July 2004.

IBM expects to close the deal in the third quarter, subject to regulatory approval.

From Infoworld.  It makes sense that this goes to Rational, but I would have like for it to be in Tivoli just so I could have more toys to play with.  I sold Watchfire when I was an independent consultant.  I also was in the process of setting up a company I was working for as a partner for Watchfire.  So I really like their technology.  It's integrating security into your full life cycle development.  Very useful technology.

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