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.
Security today introduced a new Software as a Service (SaaS) version of IBM Cloud Pak for Security, designed to simplify how organizations deploy a zero trust architecture across the enterprise. The company also announced an alliance partnership with leading cloud and network security provider, Zscaler, and new blueprints for common zero trust use cases.
In fact, a recent ESG study found that 45 percent of organizations who were more mature in their zero trust strategies had a very smooth transition to employees working from home, as compared to only 8 percent of those that were the least mature
“With a mobile workforce and data residing everywhere, the Internet has become our primary network,” said Mauricio Guerra, CISO for The Dow Chemical Company who will participate in IBM Think on May 11. “Embracing a zero trust architecture enables us to add new capabilities and strengthen security. Working with partners like IBM Security and Zscaler can help us provide users with secure remote access to all of our locations, as well as access to applications wherever and however they are hosted.”
The new IBM Security zero trust blueprints offer a framework for building a security program designed by applying the core principles of zero trust: least privilege access; never trust, always verify; and assume breach. These blueprints can offer companies a prescriptive roadmap of security capabilities along with guidance on how to integrate them as part of a zero trust architecture. The capability and guidance for these blueprints were developed from real customer engagements to help organizations plan their zero trust journey and investments with a pragmatic approach that better aligns security and business objectives.
The IBM Security zero trust blueprints help address the following business initiatives:
IBM Security believes that an open approach is required to address the fragmentation and complexity challenges facing security teams today as they adopt a zero trust strategy. To help simplify and connect security across companies’ broader ecosystem of vendors, IBM is collaborating with leading technology partners. The Zscaler alliance partnership is a critical component of the zero trust approach to assist organizations with simplifying remote work and network security modernization.
“Working from anywhere, combined with enterprises’ move to SaaS and the cloud, has effectively rendered the perimeter security model obsolete and traditional security defenses ineffective,” said Jay Chaudhry, Chairman, CEO and Founder of Zscaler. “The only way to truly secure today’s digital businesses is to adopt a zero trust security model where validated user identity is combined with business policies for direct access to authorized applications and resources. Our alliance partnership with IBM Security, as part of the Zscaler Zero Trust Ecosystem, is helping organizations and their employees fully embrace working from anywhere while protecting enterprise data.”
IBM is also collaborating with its ecosystem partners to help them implement zero trust strategies with their customers around the world. For example, Tech Data will offer access to IBM Security zero trust blueprints as part of its Cyber Range, allowing channel partners and customers to test and experience how these solutions come together to enable a zero trust approach for key use-cases.
Cloud Pak for Security Expands Delivery Models
An open approach to zero trust requires a security platform founded on the same 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.
“Our customers need to secure their rapidly changing business environments without causing delays or friction in their daily operations,” said Mary O’Brien, General Manager, IBM Security. “It’s not uncommon to have users, data and applications operating in different environments. They all need to connect to one another quickly, seamlessly, and securely. A zero trust approach offers a better way to address the security complexity that is challenging businesses today.”
To learn more about IBM Cloud Pak for Security as a Service, visit https://www.ibm.com/products/cloud-pak-for-security
To learn more about IBM Security zero trust blueprints, go to https://www.ibm.com/security/zero-trust.
Attend IBM Think and learn more about zero trust from IBM Security General Manager, Mary O’Brien; Dow Chemical CISO, Mauricio Guerra; and Zscaler CEO, Jay Chaudhryon May 11 in North America, and May 12 in Europe and Asia. Register for the conference at ibm.com/think.
About IBM Security
IBM Security offers one of the most advanced and integrated portfolios of enterprise security products and services. The portfolio, supported by world-renowned IBM Security X-Force research, enables organizations to effectively manage risk and defend against emerging threats. IBM operates one of the world’s broadest security research, development and delivery organizations, monitors 150 billion+ security events per day in more than 130 countries, and has been granted more than 10,000 security patents worldwide.