Meet IBM Cloud Pak: open source cybersecurity for hybrid systems

By Harry Menear
Today, IBM announced the launch of a new cybersecurity platform targeted at securing diversified hybrid systems. Based on IBM’s own open-source soft...

Today, IBM announced the launch of a new cybersecurity platform targeted at securing diversified hybrid systems.

Based on IBM’s own open-source software, Cloud Pak can connect with any security tool, cloud or on-premise system, without moving data from its original source, and uses open-source technology for hunting threats, automating capabilities to help speed response to cyberattacks, and gives the software the ability to run in any environment. 

"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, 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."

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In addition to being (theoretically) limitlessly extensible, Cloud Pak can reportedly search and translate security data from a variety of sources, bringing together critical security insights from across a company's multicloud IT environment.  

According to a press release from IBM released earlier today, Cloud Pak’s main three capabilities include: 

“Run anywhere. Connect security openly – IBM Cloud Pak for Security installs easily in any environment – on premises, private cloud or public cloud. It is comprised of containerised software pre-integrated with the Red Hat OpenShift, the industry's most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform. 

Gain security insights without moving data – Transferring data in order to analyse it creates additional complexity. IBM Cloud Pak for Security can connect data sources to uncover hidden threats and help make better risk-based decisions, while leaving the data where it resides. Through the use of open standards and IBM innovations, clients can access IBM and third-party tools to search for threat indicators across any cloud or on-premise location.

Respond faster to security incidents with automation – IBM Cloud Pak for Security connects security workflows with a unified interface to help teams respond faster to security incidents. According to IBM Security estimates, security teams have to manage an average of 200,000 potential security events per day, and coordinate responses across dozens of tools.”

For more information, read the full press release.

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