Internet Security Systems
Overview
 
IBM Internet Security Systems is a security
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 software provider which was founded in 1994 as Internet Security Systems, and is often known simply as ISS or ISSX (after its former NASDAQ
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 ticker symbol). The company was acquired by IBM
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 in 2006.
In 1992, while attending the Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology is a public research university in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States...

, Christopher Klaus developed the first version of Internet Scanner. In 1994, Chris Klaus founded ISS to further develop and market Internet Scanner.
Encyclopedia
IBM Internet Security Systems is a security
Security
Security is the degree of protection against danger, damage, loss, and crime. Security as a form of protection are structures and processes that provide or improve security as a condition. The Institute for Security and Open Methodologies in the OSSTMM 3 defines security as "a form of protection...

 software provider which was founded in 1994 as Internet Security Systems, and is often known simply as ISS or ISSX (after its former NASDAQ
NASDAQ
The NASDAQ Stock Market, also known as the NASDAQ, is an American stock exchange. "NASDAQ" originally stood for "National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations". It is the second-largest stock exchange by market capitalization in the world, after the New York Stock Exchange. As of...

 ticker symbol). The company was acquired by IBM
IBM
International Business Machines Corporation or IBM is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States. IBM manufactures and sells computer hardware and software, and it offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas...

 in 2006.

History

In 1992, while attending the Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology is a public research university in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States...

, Christopher Klaus developed the first version of Internet Scanner. In 1994, Chris Klaus founded ISS to further develop and market Internet Scanner. Although the larger shareholder, Chris Klaus took the role of Chief Technology Officer, whilst Tom Noonan was recruited as Chief Executive Officer
Chief executive officer
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 in 1995. In 1996 Bob Davoli
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, from Sigma Partners, led the first round of venture capital investment in ISS. The initial public offering of the company on NASDAQ
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 was on March 23, 1998.

Further products in security software space followed, including Network Sensor and Server Sensor which were both developed in-house. In 1998, ISS acquired the UK
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 company March Information Systems, and rebranded their Security Manager product as System Scanner. About the same time, ISS acquired the company DbSecure, founded by Eric Gonzales and Aaron C. Newman, to add a database security solution to their products. The DbSecure product was rebranded as Database Scanner. Subsequently ISS acquired Network ICE and integrated their BlackICE technology into the ISS product range.

In 2004 Chris Klaus stepped down from his role of Chief Technology Officer to pursue other interests, although he remained a significant shareholder and a role as the company's Chief Security Advisor. His role as Chief Technology Officer was taken by Chris Rouland.

On 23 August 2006, IBM
IBM
International Business Machines Corporation or IBM is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York, United States. IBM manufactures and sells computer hardware and software, and it offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas...

 announced its intention to acquire Internet Security Systems for $1.3 billion. On 16 October 2006, the deal was approved by ISS shareholder
Shareholder
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s.

Products

Current and former product families of ISS include:


Currently supported products include:

Location

IBM Internet Security Systems is headquartered in Sandy Springs, near Atlanta (Georgia
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, USA). Until late 2003 the company had significant development activities in Mountain View (California
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, USA), Reading
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 (UK
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) and Sydney
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 (Australia
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), but all development has since been relocated to Atlanta. The company also maintains sales offices worldwide.

IBM Security Solutions providing support for IBM Internet Security Systems' products have three main support center offices worldwide:

Sandy Springs, near Atlanta (Georgia
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, USA) (where IBM Internet Security Systems is headquartered)

Pune
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, India
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Brussels
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, Belgium
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There are plans to open another support center in Krakow
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, Poland
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.

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