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November 5, 2014

IBM’s cloud security portfolio gives businesses clear line of sight

The Dynamic Cloud Security platform identifies threats and attacks in real-time.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Businesses now have a clear line of sight into the security status of their entire business with IBM’s latest Dynamic Cloud Security Portfolio.

Designed to be used with different users, including developers and business executives, it shows exactly who is using the cloud, what individuals are accessing and from where they are accessing it.

IBM, which competes with Symantec and Cisco, said users can also identify threats and attacks in real-time.This is backed up by insights from IBM’s Managed Security Services unit, which is based on experience from 20 billion daily security events that its Managed Security Services team encounters while monitoring systems in more than 130 countries.

The portfolio, set to be released this quarter, also extends IBM’s QRadar security analytics platfrom, which it acquired from Q1 Labs in 2011, to work with the IBM SoftLayer cloud, Salesforce.com and Amazon Web Services.

Brendan Hannigan, General Manager, IBM Security Systems, says as customers move critical workloads to the clouds, they now expect enterprise grade security to go with it.

He said: "We have pivoted our entire security portfolio to the cloud to help customers lock down user access, control data and maintain visibility. With the right visibility into threats, enterprises can more securely connect their people, data and processes to the cloud."

The announcement follows an IBM study, which found that 75% of security breaches take days, weeks or even months to be discovered, significantly increasing the damage inflicted by attackers.

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