IBM has announced plans to bring its QRadar security service to the cloud, in a bid to improve customers' threat detection and analytics powers.
The IBM QRadar cloud services are available to clients through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model and will include optional IBM Security Managed Services.
IBM said QRadar's Security Intelligence on Cloud tool is designed to check whether suspicious network activity is malicious. It works by correlating real time threat data extracted from the customer's network with information from connected devices, systems, and applications, "1,500 pre-defined reports" and IBM's cloud-based X-Force Exchange.
QRadar's Intelligent Log Management on Cloud feature aims to simplify how network data is collected and presented to IT managers. The feature lets managers view data from a "single pane of glass" interface and capture logs from devices connecting to the company network.
Jason Corbin, vice president of product management and strategy at IBM Security, said the services will help customers sift through security data to spot threats more easily.
"Organisations are facing a security data tsunami that can overwhelm even the most sophisticated enterprise's security programme," he said.
"Security leaders are telling us they want increased visibility through the cloud and control throughout their hybrid IT environments.
"The option of doing predictive analytics via the cloud gives security teams the flexibility to bring in skills, innovation and information on demand across all of their security environments."
IBM claims QRadar can reduce customers' overall security costs by an average of 55 percent and will automatically investigate 95 percent of all incoming security events.
The release follows growth in IBM's cloud revenue. IBM's Q1 results showed a year-on-year 75 percent increase in cloud sales to $3.8bn, compared with $2.3bn in the first quarter of 2014. The growth came despite an overall 12 percent decrease in revenues to $19.6bn.
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