Cloud Pak for Security connects data with security without having to move it
IBM is addressing the thorny issue of protecting data in a highly distributed IT environment with a new open-source offering that lets enterprises secure data in the cloud or on premises without having to move it.
The Lowdown: The tech giant this month rolled out Cloud Pak for Security, a cloud service that comes at a time when organizations are spreading their data and applications across a range of environments and security teams are forced to move data between those environments and to switch between multiple security tools.
The Details: Initial capabilities in Cloud Pak for Security include:
> Run in any environment: The offering includes containerized software integrated with Red Hat’s OpenShift Kubernetes platform, enabling it to run in private or public clouds or in on-premises data centers.
> Keep data in place: Organizations can access IBM and third-party security tools to search for threats across any cloud or on-premises environments without having to move that data, which can add complexity to an already complex situation. The offering’s Data Explorer application lets enterprises better hunt for threats across security tools and clouds.
> Accelerate security responses: Cloud Pak for Security enables users to orchestrate and automate responses to security situations by connecting security workflows to a unified interface, an important capability at a time when enterprises are managing an average of 200,000 potential events a day.
The Buzz: “As businesses move mission-critical workloads to hybrid multicloud environments, security data is spread across different tools, clouds, and IT infrastructure. This can create gaps that allow threats to be missed, leading security teams to build and maintain costly, complex integrations and manual response plans,” said Mary O’Brien, general manager of IBM Security. “With Cloud Pak for Security, we’re helping to lay the foundation for a more connected security ecosystem designed for the hybrid, multicloud world.”
“Organizations have rapidly adopted new security technologies to keep up with the latest threats, but are now juggling dozens of disconnected tools, which don’t always work well together,” said Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst with the Enterprise Strategy Group. “The industry needs to solve this issue for customers by shifting to more open technologies and unified platforms that can serve as the connective glue between security point tools. IBM’s approach aligns with this requirement and has the potential to bring together every layer of the security stack within a single, simplified interface.”