Two major acquisitions were announced today: IBM today announced plans to purchase Q1 Labs, and McAfee announced plans to buy NitroSecurity.

"On the surface, there appear to be few surprises in these deals," writes Enterprise Management Associates' Scott Crawford. "Both 'acquirees' have been widely rumored to be close to an exit for some time. After a series of acquisitions centered on security information management a few years back, IBM has taken heat for its relative acquiescence in the SIEM space compared to some of its most direct competitors. McAfee, meanwhile, has long had a SIEM gap in what is otherwise a fairly comprehensive strategy for centralized enterprise security management anchored on ePolicyOrchestrator."

"But there is more to this story than just closing gaps or refreshing strategy," Crawford writes.

Go to "Beyond SIEM: IBM-Q1 Labs, McAfee-NitroSecurity and Changing Perceptions of Data-Driven Security" to read the details.

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