IBM today announced the acquisition of privately-held security firm CrossIdeas. Financial terms of the deal are not being publicly disclosed.

Ravi Srinivasan, director of strategy at IBM Security Systems, told eSecurityPlanet that the CrossIdeas teams will begin collaborating with IBM teams immediately, as an IBM company. As part of IBM, CrossIdeas will bring new capabilities to IBM customers.

Srinivasan commented that CrossIdeas provides an auditor-friendly offering to evaluate the access risks and identify the segregation of duties and concerns, especially within an SAP environment. CrossIdeas can also integrate access governance capabilities with an existing IBM or third-party identity management system.

CrossIdeas and IBM were not strangers prior to today's acquisition. Srinivasan said that IBM and CrossIdeas were already business partners and provided IBM’s customers with integrated access governance and user lifecycle management technologies leveraging IBM’s Security Identity Management (ISIM) portfolio. Additionally CrossIdeas participated in the Ready for IBM Security Intelligence program and offered technical integration with IBM Security Identity Manager.

"This existing relationship will help our customers to efficiently introduce access governance capabilities with minimal changes to their current environments," Srinivasan said.

From an IBM portfolio perspective, CrossIdeas already offers an out-of-the-box integration with IBM Security Identity Manager (formerly referred to as Tivoli Identity Manager). The CrossIdea technology will give IBM more capabilities to evaluate and access risks.

"This integration helps IBM offer integrated governance and user life-cycle management capabilities and enables our customers to use and extend their existing identity management systems," Srinivasan said.

CrossIdeas' core product is the IDEAS platform which includes governance, request management, analytics and risk controls solutions. "The innovative technology of CrossIdeas’ IDEAS solution strongly complements IBM’s Identity and Access Management portfolio and we are proud to contribute to IBM’s worldwide expansion in the IT security market," Alberto Ocello, chief executive officer at CrossIdeas, said in a statement.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eSecurityPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.