While there's no timetable for bringing the invention to market, Walker believes it would be a good fit for IBM's Trusteer Pinpoint, which watches for traffic anomalies that would indicate malware on devices connecting to a corporate network.
"We're actively talking to the Trusteer people," O'Connell said.
Security is an area IBM has said it will target as part of its strategy for reversing a string of quarterly revenue declines, due in part to slowing hardware sales. Other growth areas on IBM's radar include cloud services and big data analytics.
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