Palo Alto Networks and IBM Expand Partnership

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

As part of this expanded partnership, Palo Alto Networks has agreed to acquire IBM’s QRadar SaaS assets, including QRadar intellectual property rights.

Palo Alto Networks, a global cybersecurity company, and IBM, a provider of hybrid cloud and AI, announced a 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.

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, a next-generation security operations (SOC) platform, with advanced AI-powered threat protection supported by 3,000 out-of-the-box detectors. 

On-premise (on-prem) QRadar clients who wish to remain on QRadar on-prem will continue to receive IBM features and support including security, usability and critical bug fixes, as well as updates to existing connectors and the ability to expand consumption.

Nikesh Arora, Chairman and CEO, Palo Alto Networks, said, “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 capitalise on this trend, combining our leading security solutions with IBM’s pioneering watsonx AI platform and premier services to drive the future of security platformisation with complete, AI-powered, secure-by-design offerings.”

Arvind Krishna, Chairman and CEO at IBM, said, “Strategic partnerships like the one we’re announcing today with Palo Alto Networks bring with them significant benefits across the industry. Advanced threat protection and automation, underpinned by Cortex XSIAM and watsonx, and coupled with IBM Consulting, will speed client and partner adoption of next-generation security operations. We’ll deliver these capabilities with Palo Alto Networks, and accelerate our security investments and innovation in areas like data security and identity and access management. These are critical offerings that our clients need when protecting their data, hybrid cloud environments, AI models and applications. We are delighted to be partnering with the Palo Alto Networks team and we are excited about the future of AI-powered cybersecurity innovation.”

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As IBM’s cybersecurity partner of choice, Palo Alto Networks’ 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.