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Getting security right with IBM Cloud Pak for Security as a Service

By Christopher Collard posted Wed May 05, 2021 01:15 PM


As a part of accelerating their digital transformation, companies are moving more and more applications to the cloud. To this end, many are embracing a hybrid-cloud approach for their infrastructure spanning private as well as public environments. Nevertheless, while this transformation is delivering tangible benefits, security teams are too left to play catch up with traditional cybersecurity models not able to keep up with this rapid pace and evolution.

A common refrain from those in charge of maintaining security infrastructure is “too many tools, too many disparate data islands, with too few skilled and available resources.” Typically, when security teams purchase  new tools, their goal is to solve emergent problems or legacy issues left unaddressed by their current tool set. With each new tool introduced, the amount of security data that needs to be reviewed and investigated only increases. Then, with data spread across multiple different tools, clouds, and on-premises environments, attempts to understand their risk becomes a challenge. We’ve seen teams try to solve this through costly and complex integrations—or, in some cases, through relying on manual efforts from heroic individuals to pull all of this information together.

With mounting challenges on many fronts, threats can be missed or overlooked, and further put the business at risk.

Open, Connected Security is the solution to the problem

It is time for a new and aggregated approach. Organizations need an approach that connects any disparate security tools within their environment and consolidate alerts under a single dashboard. This approach is only possible by leveraging open standards, and the right open security platform.

A modern open security platform must provide an organization with the ability to search through disparate data sources, leveraging a single query. It should also have threat intelligence woven into the fabric of the platform so that security analysts can rely on results to take rapid and accurate action instead of having to search through multiple threat intelligence forums and threat intelligence feeds. It also should have case and incident management capabilities included as a part of a cohesive and integrated set of functionalities that can aid analysts in not only protecting and detecting but also responding to threats – all from a single management interface.

IBM Cloud Pak for Security

One solution that aims to address these challenges head on is IBM Cloud Pak for Security.

IBM Cloud Pak for Security is built and delivered on an open security platform that connects to your existing data sources in order to generate deeper insights – enabling users to act faster and build automation in to managing threats. Whether your data resides within the third-party tools, on-premises or within multiple cloud environments, the platform can help find and respond to threats as well as risks -without migrating data or adding unnecessary complexity. With the platform, you can uncover hidden threats and make more informed, risk-based decisions while responding to incidents faster.

In order to provide customers with more, flexible deployment options, IBM Cloud Pak for Security is now also available as a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution.

IBM Cloud Pak for Security as a Service

With IBM Cloud Pak for Security as a Service, clients get an integrated security platform offering unified dashboard across connected threat management tools, with the option to easily scale with a usage-based pricing approach. With IBM Cloud Pak for Security as a Service, customers gain the option additional deployment options to best suited their environment and their needs, aligned with wherever stage they are at in their digital transformation journey.  

Key features and capabilities of the Cloud Pak for Security as a Service platform include:

  • A unified dashboard across threat management tools
  • The ability to run federated search across all connected data sources, with IBM Security Data Explorer
  • The ability to gain tailored threat intelligence, with IBM Security Threat Intelligence Insights
  • The ability to create custom incident response playbooks and orchestrate incident response, with IBM Security SOAR
  • The ability to protect and defend the environment using QRadar advanced threat management capabilities

IBM Cloud Pak for Security as a Service and Zero Trust

For security professionals, zero trust is a framework for modernizing their overall security programs and helps them adapt to the risks emerging from their changing business environment.An open approach to zero trust requires a security platform founded on the principles of openness and collaboration. IBM Cloud Pak for Security now combines leading capabilities in threat management and data security into a single, modular, easier to consume solution. And with the new IBM Cloud Pak for Security as a Service, customers gain the option to choose between an owned or hosted deployment model–whichever is best suited for their environment and needs. It also provides access to a unified dashboard across threat management tools, with the option to easily scale with a usage-based pricing approach.IBM Cloud Pak for Security as a Service is designed to simplify how organizations deploy a zero trust architecture across the enterprise.

Benefits of Cloud Pak for Security as a Service

As an integral part of the service, IBM handles provisioning, 24x7 management, as well as version upgrades so that organizations can focus on their primary security and security operations center (SOC) needs, without worrying about managing backend systems or dealing with tasks like patching and upgrading software tools.

IBM Cloud Pak for Security as a Service can help the entire security organization.

Security leaders can:

    • Connect to data wherever it is
    • Manage security from a unified console
    • Leverage automation for faster decision-making
  • Security analysts can:
    • Prioritize threats with a customizable, intelligence-driven scoring
    • Automatically create cases
    • Perform federated searches and gain insights across disparate data sources
  • Incident responders can:
    • Automate tasks and logging
    • Create playbooks for incident response
    • Collaborate through a unified console

Please join us at the upcoming webinar to learn more about Cloud Pak for Security as a Service, and see how your organization may be able to securely accelerate its digital transformation journey.