IBM has brought its analytics tools to its cloud security offerings with the integration of a suite of products into a single portfolio in a bid to protect customers' data, applications and people.
The Dynamic Cloud Security portfolio merges cloud, security and analytics services to protect public and private clouds, along with Amazon Web Services and Salesforce cloud platforms and IBM's own SoftLayer service.
IBM security tools will use analytics to provide visibility into the security status of a company's entire business, including monitoring private data centres, hybrid clouds and even an individual's mobile device.
The analytics capabilities are courtesy of IBM's QRadar security intelligence platform, which identifies incoming threats and applies blanket security measures across a company's entire IT infrastructure.
IBM describes this approach as providing a "single pane of glass" to see exactly who is using a corporation's cloud and where the data is being accessed from.
Martin Borrett, director of IBM’s Institute for Advanced Security in Europe, told V3 how the Dynamic Cloud Security portfolio extends established enterprise-grade security and analytics tools for cloud use: “This is not about replacing but extending the enterprise portfolio that we have to the cloud.”
He explained that IBM’s objective is to remove security concerns around cloud adoption, especially as more firms move to hybrid environments: “It’s about enabling hybrid cloud - recognising clients will have on premise [and] off premise [services] and enabling them to do that more securely and more confidently, so that people adopt cloud that doesn’t come at the expense of security.”
Borrett also said that IBM’s QRadar analytics is a key part in the security portfolio, as the tool can automatically identify when threats are about to happen through recognising key cyber security indicators in real-time.
"Analytics is critical because of the sophistication of these attacks and the volumes of data involved in monitoring the diverse set of systems to try and spot an attack," he said. "There's no way could a human analyst tackle that problem on their own without analytics."
Dynamic Cloud Security also incorporates IBM's Managed Security Services, which can harness the information gleaned from more than 20 billion daily security events across more than 130 countries to identify threats in real time and enable defensive measures to be taken.
Such proactive analytics could be a boon to corporations, given that numerous seurity threats are pegged to arrive in 2015 targeting unwary businesses.
IBM is getting heavily involved in analytics, having recently introduced big data analytics for its System Z mainframes. The company also is providing cloud-powered analytics tools courtesy of its Watson Analytics service.
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