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IBM acquires security software maker Encentuate

Purchase of authentication specialist intended to augment IBM's security-management offerings in the Tivoli product line.

IBM has snapped up security software maker Encentuate, in a move to broaden its security management software offerings, Big Blue announced Wednesday.

Encentuate develops two-factor authentication software that's designed to let users log on with a single sign-on to all their other applications.

IBM plans to roll Encentuate's software into its Tivoli product line, which includes identity and access management software products. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

IBM also is beefing up its security software efforts by opening a new software security lab in Singapore, the company said Wednesday. The lab will house more than 20 employees and will be one of 59 labs that IBM operates worldwide.