Who is a Leader (again) in Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant For Security Information Event Management?

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

It’s that time of year again: The biggest-ever annual Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit is over, summer is at its peak here in New England, and IBM Security QRadar is again a leader in Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for SIEM.

IBM Once Again Leads Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for SIEM

IBM Security is positioned furthest to the right (representing Completeness of Vision) and highest overall (representing Ability to Execute). We believe this represents IBM Security QRadar’s overall viability, customer experience, market responsiveness, product track record, sales execution, operations and marketing execution

IBM is a leader in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEMWe believe Gartner’s recognition reflects the origins of QRadar, its growth as an independent company and the accelerated investments IBM Security has made in the platform since it acquired Q1 Labs back in 2011. In just the last 12 months, we’ve rolled out QRadar Incident Forensics and QRadar SaaS, improved our search performance and historical correlation capabilities and added support for more than 50 new IBM and third-party applications and network components.

What’s particularly gratifying is that this achievement reflects the overwhelmingly positive experiences our clients report. No vendor is positioned highly without solid customer references. We’re fortunate to have satisfied customers who readily share their IT security objectives, deployment details, user experiences and more with the Gartner analysts, affirming the value of our product line extensions and technology integration.


The Magic Behind the Positioning of IBM as a Leader in Gartner’s 2015 SIEM Magic Quadrant

Every IT security vendor will tell you his product satisfies customer demand. But what customers need is a reliable partner with expertise who delivers highly innovative solutions and services to address problems for which they may not yet be aware or in ways they’d not yet considered, such as correlating network flows with log events, asset values and user identities. We did that years ago, and we called it Security Intelligence.

What makes me especially proud is how customer after customer tells me the same thing: We love QRadar because it does what you say it does, and it does it rapidly, dependably and easily.

According to this 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant report, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) is a $1.6 billion market that grew 11 percent during 2014 and is expected to grow at a rate of 12.4 percent in 2015. Gartner also recently published its security software market share report, and QRadar SIEM again ranks No. 1. The Leaders quadrant consists of vendor solutions that are a good match to general SIEM market requirements, have been the most successful in building an installed base and revenue stream and show evidence of superior vision and execution. Our belief is IBM Security QRadar SIEM does all of these things — and far more. My hat is off to this extremely talented, dedicated and hardworking team delivering outstanding solutions to our customers in this critical and strategic marketplace.

IBM is a leader in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for SIEM


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Source: Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management, Kelly M. Kavanagh and Oliver Rochford, 20 July 2015.

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.