Apr 9, 2021

IBM drives innovation with new Cloud for Financial Services

William Girling
2 min
Following its primary announcement in 2019, IBM has confirmed the release of Cloud for Financial Services, a unique, industry-specific platform
Following its primary announcement in 2019, IBM has confirmed the release of Cloud for Financial Services, a unique, industry-specific platform...

Featuring support for Red Hat OpenShift and other cloud services, it will support mission-critical systems, protect data, and facilitate accelerated innovation.

"With a focus on data security delivered with IBM's confidential computing and sophisticated encryption capabilities, we aim to reduce risk in the supply chain for banks, insurers and other financial services industry players, and at the same time accelerating the time by which they can drive and consume innovation,” explained Howard Boville, Head of IBM Hybrid Cloud Platform.

Cloud for Financial Services was developed in conjunction with several high-profile FSIs, including Bank of America, BNP Paribas, MUFG, and others. Furthermore, the platform’s broader ecosystem is supported by over 90 partners, software vendors, and SaaS providers.

Enabling open innovation

The addition of Red Hat OpenShift is critical: FSIs will be able to control virtual machine workloads and maintain granular control over compliance. 

For companies that are seeking to drive their own cloud computing development, IBM’s solution will enable them to do so through VMware’s cloud-native workloads:

"We find the platform helps demonstrate security and readiness for regulatory compliance more efficiently and can bring significant value to the financial services supply chain,” commented Fidelma Russo, SVP and GM, Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware.

Another enterprise software giant, SAP, is also contributing to Cloud for Financial Services support network.

Partnering on digital transformation

BNP Paribas has been named as one of the first FSIs to employ IBM’s new platform for onboarding its workloads and ecosystem partners. The bank has, so far, migrated 40 apps and plans to accelerate in the coming years. Bernard Gavgani, Global CIO, BNP Paribas, explained:

“IBM has been our long-time partner in large part for their knowledge of cloud technology, security, including data encryption, and deep industry expertise associated with banking regulations. We're collaborating with IBM to establish a BNP Paribas-dedicated cloud that is compatible with all the constraints that are imposed by regulators throughout the world.”

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Jun 15, 2021

IT Employees Predict 90% Increase in Cloud Security Spending

Technology
Cloud
Cybersecurity
Investments
Elise Leise
3 min
Companies that took the initiative on cloud platforms are trying to cope with the security risks, according to Devo Technology’s report

As companies get back on their feet post-pandemic, they’re going all-in on cloud applications. In a recent report by Devo Technology titled “Beyond Cloud Adoption: How to Embrace the Cloud for Security and Business Benefits”, 81% of the 500 IT and security team members surveyed said that COVID accelerated their cloud timelines. More than half of the top-performing businesses reported gains in visibility. In fact, the cloud now outnumbers on-premise solutions at a 3:1 ratio

But the benefits are accompanied by significant cybersecurity risks, as cloud infrastructure is more complex than legacy systems. Let’s dive in. 

 

Why Are Cloud Platforms Taking Over? 

According to Forrester, the public cloud infrastructure market could grow 28% over the next year, up to US$113.1bn. Companies shifting to remote work and decentralised workplaces find it easy to store and access information, especially as networks start to share more and more supply chain and enterprise information—think risk mitigation platforms and ESG ratings. 

Here’s the catch: when you shift to the cloud, you choose a more complex system, which often requires cloud-native platforms for network security. In other words, you can’t stop halfway. ‘Only cloud-native platforms can keep up with [the cloud’s] speed and complexity” and ultimately increase visibility and control’, said Douglas Murray, CEO at cloud security provider Valtix. 

Here’s a quick list of the top cloud security companies, as ranked by Software Testing Help: 

 

What are the Security Issues? 

Here’s the bad news. According to Accenture, less than 40% of companies have achieved the full value they expected on their cloud investments. All-in greater complexity has forced companies to spend more to hire skilled tech workers, analyse security data, and manage new cybersecurity threats. 

The two main issues are (1) a lack of familiarity with cloud systems and (2) challenges with shifting legacy security systems to new platforms. Out of the 500 IT employees from Devo Technology’s cloud report, for example, 80% said they’d sorted 40% more security data, suffered from a lack of cloud security training, and experienced a 60% increase in cybersecurity threats. 

How Will Companies React? 

They certainly won’t stop investing in cloud platforms. Out of the 500 enterprise-level companies that Devo Technology talked to throughout North America and Western Europe, 90% anticipated a jump in cloud security spending in 2021. They’ll throw money at automating security processes and investing in security upskilling programmes. 

After all, company executives will find it incredibly difficult to stick with legacy systems when some cloud-centred companies have found success. Since moving from Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) offerings to the cloud, Accenture has saved up to 70% on its processes; recently, the company announced that it would invest US$3bn to help its clients ‘realise the cloud’s business value, speed, cost, talent, and innovation benefits’. 


The company stated: ‘Security is often seen as the biggest inhibitor to a cloud-first journey—but in reality, it can be its greatest accelerator’. 

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