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New IBM Cloud Security Solution Combines Data From Existing Tools

IBM on Wednesday announced the general availability of Cloud Pak for Security, a solution designed to help organizations hunt for threats by combining data from multiple tools and clouds.

Cloud Pak for Security can obtain and translate security data from existing tools. It currently supports tools from IBM, Carbon Black, Elastic, Tenable, Splunk and BigFix. However, since it leverages open source technology, customers can connect other data sources as well, IBM says.

IBM is one of the founding members of the recently launched Open Cybersecurity Alliance (OCA), which has allowed it to create partnerships with many important vendors.

According to the company, Cloud Pak for Security can be easily installed on premises, private cloud, or public cloud environments. The solution works with IBM Cloud, AWS and Microsoft Azure clouds.

One of the main advantages of Cloud Pak for Security, IBM says, is that organizations can obtain useful insights without having to actually move any data to the platform for analysis.

“Moving data in order to analyze it often drives untenable cost, complexity, and compliance issues,” explained Justin Youngblood, VP of strategy and offering management at IBM Security.

The new solution’s Data Explorer application should help security analysts quickly find threat indicators across their environments without the need to conduct manual searches in each environment.

Cloud Pak for Security also provides incident response orchestration and automation capabilities, which can help security teams save valuable time.

“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 at 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.”

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.