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IBM Extends Hybrid Cloud Security Services Across AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google

IBM is pitching IBM Security Services for Cloud to help customers protect hybrid and multicloud environments -- including Amazon Web Services (AWS), IBM Cloud, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and more. IBM Managed Security Services -- a Top 250 MSSP -- is involved in the effort.

Organizations can use these services to secure their data, end-users, workloads and applications across cloud and on-premises systems, IBM stated.

The enhanced security services combine IBM's cloud security expertise with an integrated set of cloud, proprietary and third-party technology solutions, the company said. They include:

1. Cloud Native Security: These advisory and managed security services offer centralized visibility, management and monitoring of native security controls across cloud environments, IBM stated. In doing so, they can provide insights into potential security threats and help organizations reduce the risk of cloud misconfigurations.

2. Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM): These services help organizations maintain governance and compliance across their cloud services providers (CSPs), according to IBM. They offer a single solution for compliance and governance policy framework design, CSPM system integration and managed services.

3. Container Security: IBM's container security services provide organizations with access to security consultants who can evaluate their container environments, the company noted. These consultants can help organizations build roadmaps for future container deployments.

4. Cloud Security Strategy: Organizations can access IBM's advisory services to develop hybrid and multicloud security strategies based on industry frameworks such as the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM), the company indicated. IBM's advisory services can help organizations examine the security posture of their cloud workloads and services.

IBM did not say if or how the pending spin-out of IBM Managed Infrastructure Services (known as NewCo), expected in late 2021, would potentially affect the IBM Security Services for Cloud portfolio.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.