IFSEC Report: Understanding IBM's play in security

Catching up with IBM's UK office to talk enterprise security projects

Additionally, said Allen, companies have traditionally approached physical security as a separate, siloed arena. "We come into business where they may already have the physical security running on the same network, but they're not managed in the core IT centers." Bringing any networked system (including video systems) into the IT core, he said, makes management easier.

And that seems to be IBM's real strength in the industry – the ability to recognize that security projects can be aligned with business IT, and that they can be deployed in line with other enterprise solutions.