IBM has announced it is buying up the Israeli data security company Trusteer for an undisclosed sum but which market analysts estimate is in the $300-400 million range. IBM said the purchase advances its investment in cloud-delivered software and services.
Trusteer provides software solutions to protect companies from financial fraud and security threats.
As part of this announcement, IBM is forming a cyber security software lab in Israel that will bring together more than 200 Trusteer and IBM researchers and developers to focus on mobile and application security, advanced threat, malware, counter-fraud, and financial crimes. This lab is an addition to IBM’s existing research and development facilities in Israel.
Trusteer has offices in Boston and Tel Aviv and says its software can identify security threats that can be missed by traditional security software. Most of the top 10 American and British banks use Trusteer software, which helps ensure that banking customers can safely transfer money on a mobile device.