IBM has launched three consultancy services aimed at helping companies get into the cloud securely.
The services are pitched at companies looking to plan a move to cloud systems or make their existing cloud provisioning more secure and efficient.
"There is a myth that security can be approached from a generic perspective, where you can buy a box and have security wrapped around it," Harold Moss, technical architect of IBM Security Strategy, told V3.co.uk.
"It's a myth; it doesn't fit the customer's needs. What you need is foundational controls."
IBM's Security Strategy Roadmap for Cloud Computing allows companies new to cloud computing to establish how to achieve their security goals before the IT system is built, and plan how to develop a full cloud infrastructure.
Cloud Security Assessment, meanwhile, is aimed at companies running some cloud services but needing the setup security tested.
Finally, Application Security Services for Cloud offers a similar service but for cloud applications.
"Research has shown that around 60 per cent of enterprises do not have their installed applications securely locked down, let alone cloud apps," said Moss.
IBM is also adding two managed cloud security services covering event management and hosted vulnerability management.
"If you are small or medium sized company you cannot afford vulnerability management or to interpret the results," Moss said.
IT administrators are not up to date on the latest attack vectors, according to IBM, and the security retraining they receive is usually hopelessly out of date. As such, cloud security services offer a better way to lock down systems.
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