Gartner Publishes 2014 Magic Quadrant for SIEM and Critical Capabilities for SIEM Reports

The 2016 report is now available – and IBM is still the leader.

Who is the leader in Gartner’s 2014 Magic quadrant for SIEM?

Great news as winter has once again loosened its grip and spring has turned into summer on Cape Cod: Gartner just published the 2014 SIEM Magic Quadrant and Critical Capabilities reports, and IBM Security QRadar is again positioned in the Leaders quadrant, this time better than ever.

For the first time, IBM Security QRadar is positioned furthest to the right for vision and highest for ability to execute, which I believe makes us THE LEADER in this space. That means IBM Security is rated above:

  • HPGartner Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management (SIEM). Includes chart of the leader, IBM Security, and other vendors like HP, McAfee, LogRhythm, Splunk, EMC (RSA) and others showing how each ranks in 2014.
  • McAfee
  • Splunk
  • LogRhythm
  • EMC (RSA)

…and every other vendor on “Ability to Execute” (the Y-axis) and “Completeness of Vision” (the X-axis). This represents overall viability, product/service, customer experience, market responsiveness, product track record, sales execution, operations and marketing execution.

This recognition reflects the origins of QRadar, its growth as an independent company and the accelerated investments the IBM Security Systems division has made in the QRadar Security Intelligence Platform since it acquired Q1 Labs back in 2011. Case in point: In just the last 10 months, we’ve tightly integrated vulnerability management and network forensics technologies that double and triple down on the IT security team productivity enhancements — offense records — delivered by QRadar SIEM.


Furthermore, this achievement especially reflects the positive experiences our clients report because no vendor is positioned highly without good customer references. We’re fortunate to have satisfied customers who will share their IT security objectives, deployment details, user experiences and more, helping to confirm the value of our module extensions and technology integrations.

The Magic Behind the Positioning of IBM as a Leader in Gartner’s 2014 SIEM Magic Quadrant

Every supplier will tell you they satisfy customer demand. But what customers need is a partner who delivers highly innovative solutions to problems they may not yet be aware of or in a way they had not considered, such as correlating network flows with log events and asset values and identity. We did that years ago, and we called it Security Intelligence. But customer after customer also tells me the same thing: We love QRadar because it does what you folks say it does, and it does it rapidly, dependably and easily.

According to this new Gartner Magic Quadrant report, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) is a $1.5 billion market that grew 16 percent during 2013 and is expected to grow at a rate of 12.4 percent in 2014. The Leaders quadrant consists of vendors that deliver solutions that are a good match to general SIEM market requirements, have been the most successful in building an installed base and revenue stream within the SIEM market and show evidence of superior vision and execution. I believe that IBM Security QRadar has done all of these things and far more, and my hat is off to this extremely talented, dedicated and hardworking team that has delivered outstanding solutions to our customers in this critical and strategic marketplace.


Leaders in the 2014 Gartner SIEM Magic Quadrant

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Gartner positions IBM Security Systems as a leader in latest Magic Quadrant for SIEM

ARMONK, N.Y. – 01 Jul 2014: IBM today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned IBM Security Systems as a leader in providing Security Information and Event Management software in the newly published Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM Technology This report follows the recent recognition of IBM moving up Gartner’s worldwide security software rankings to the number three spot.

“We believe Gartner’s recognition helps validate IBM’s approach to security that focuses on helping customers benefit from security intelligence and analytics, and overcome challenges created by fragmented point solutions,” said Brendan Hannigan, General Manager, IBM Security Systems. “Our IBM Security QRadar SIEM solution is also part of a broader integrated Threat Protection System that goes far beyond the traditional approaches of protection.  We can now disrupt advanced persistent threats, prevent data breaches and anticipate behavioral changes in applications regardless of whether they are from known or unknown threats.”

Among the 15 vendors evaluated in the report, IBM was placed furthest on the completeness of vision and highest on the ability to execute axes.  With regard to completeness of vision, Gartner analysts evaluated market understanding among seven other evaluation criteria which is the “Ability of the vendor to understand buyers’ wants and needs and to translate those into products and services. Vendors that show the highest degree of vision listen to and understand buyers’ wants and needs, and can shape or enhance those with their added vision.”

With regard to ability to execute, seven criteria are evaluated including customer experience.  “Customer experience is an evaluation of product function or service within production environments. The evaluation includes ease of deployment, operation, administration, stability, scalability and vendor support capabilities. This criterion is assessed by conducting qualitative interviews of vendor-provided reference customers in combination with feedback from Gartner clients that are using or have completed competitive evaluations of the SIEM offering.”

IBM Security QRadar conducts behavioral analysis of an organization’s business processes and applications to help determine if potential security-related events are simple anomalies or potential threats — all with small rates of false positives limiting the need for Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) teams to deploy unnecessary resources.

Unlike traditional SIEM, IBM Security QRadar also provides log management, anomaly detection, incident forensics, configuration and vulnerability management capabilities. It also fully integrates with IBM’s Big Data and Analytics platform.

Gartner estimates, “SIEM is a $1.5 billion market that grew 16% during 2013 — with an expected growth rate of 12.4% during 2014.”  In the overall security software market, IBM has experienced six straight quarters of double digit growth fueled by a significant investment in organic development and the acquisition of companies, including Q1 Labs, Trusteer, Guardium, Ounce Labs, Watchfire and Fiberlink/MaaS360.

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John Burnham

Director, Strategic Communications, IBM Security

As Director of Strategic Communications for IBM’s new Security Systems Division, John Burnham has management and execution responsbility for the division’s communications efforts, primarily analyst relations while working closely with Media Relations, Product Strategy and the Division Field Organizations world-wide. Prior to IBM’s recent (October 2011) acquisition of Q1 Labs, Burnham served as the Vice President of Corporate Marketing for Q1 Labs, responsible for all of the company’s strategic branding, positioning, corporate communications, media, and finacial and industry analyst relations initiatives, and for helping to create and deliver the firm’s core messages to the IT security market and the larger Security Intelligence and Big Data markets.