IBM has acquired enterprise identity and access management software firm Encentuate to extend its network security offering.
It will integrate US-headquartered Encentuate into its Tivoli division. Financial terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.
IBM has also announced the formation of the IBM Security Software Laboratory in Singapore.
The new lab will use the expertise of Encentuate's Singapore development team to serve IBM clients in Asia and around the world, said the company.
Encentuate's software is claimed to reduce the burden on users and improve security by automatically managing user passwords, sign-ons, sign-offs and enforcing security policies.
Encentuate single sign-on technology enables IT administrators to integrate legacy and new applications.
By centrally tracking and collating log-in attempts, the software also gives companies audit and reporting capabilities, helping them to document and report their efforts to meet governance and compliance requirements.