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Palo Alto and IBM Forge New Strategic Business Partnership

Empowering organizations to combat cyberattacks.
Ryan Uliss
Contributing Writer
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Palo Alto Networks has announced that it is significantly strengthening its cloud security capabilities through a multi-faceted strategic partnership with IBM. A key aspect involves acquiring IBM’s QRadar cloud security information and event management (SIEM) assets, which will be integrated into Palo Alto’s Cortex extended detection and response (XDR) platform.

This integration aims to provide customers with enhanced threat detection, investigation, and response capabilities across cloud, on-premises, and hybrid environments by tapping into QRadar’s widely acclaimed SIEM expertise.

However, the partnership extends far beyond just the acquisition. Under the multi-year agreement, IBM will become a strategic partner across Palo Alto Networks’ entire security portfolio. By combining IBM’s deep expertise in AI, automation, and cybersecurity with Palo Alto’s industry-leading platforms, the collaboration intends to empower organizations to combat even the most advanced cyberattacks more effectively.

Why it matters: The integration of IBM’s QRadar with Palo Alto Networks’ Cortex XDR platform represents a significant advancement in cybersecurity capabilities. This partnership combines the strengths of two industry leaders and reinforces the increasing importance of AI and machine learning in protecting against sophisticated cyber threats.

  • Collaborative Innovation: The tech giants will pursue joint go-to-market strategies, co-marketing activities, and collaborative research and development efforts to drive continuous innovation in AI-powered security solutions that can detect and counter emerging threat actors.
  • Unified Front: A dedicated Palo Alto Networks cybersecurity practice within IBM Consulting will be established, with over 1,000 professionals trained to provide seamless consulting, implementation, and managed services for the integrated offerings resulting from this alliance.
  • Combining Forces: The partnership will leverage the complementary strengths of IBM’s AI, automation, and cybersecurity consulting expertise with Palo Alto Networks’ industry-leading security platforms to deliver integrated, cutting-edge threat detection and response solutions.

Go Deeper -> Palo Alto Networks Announces Major Cybersecurity Partnership With IBM, Acquires QRadar SaaS Assets – Security Week

Palo Alto Networks Buys IBM’s QRadar – Cyber Security News

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