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IBM announces cloud security initiative

Initiative aims to make cloud computing safer for businesses

IBM announces cloud security initiative
IBM is looking to secure the cloud

IBM has announced a new security initiative that focuses on the security of the cloud.

The initiative is intended to make cloud computing safer for businesses, and includes new cloud-based security services, cloud security planning and assessment services, along with security research which will be incorporated into new products and services.

The initiative is in part driven by research conducted as part of IBM's Institute for Business Value 2010 Global Risk Study which showed that cloud computing raised serious concerns with respondents about the use, access and control of data, with 77% of respondents believed that adopting cloud computing makes protecting privacy more difficult, 50% are concerned about a data breach or loss and 23% indicated that weakening of corporate network security is concern.

The services will also reflect the need for solutions and strategies tailored to each individual business, rather than a generic model, to reflect the diverse environments and requirements of different organizations.

"IBM understands the ‘one size fits all' cloud security strategy will not work for most businesses," said Steve Robinson, general manager, IBM Security Solutions. "Our enterprise clients are looking for a trusted advisor to provide the right mix of security consulting services and offerings to match. By offering these new services and innovations, we aim to help clients create tailored solutions that will allow them to get the most out of their cloud environments."

The initiative will include a range of services from IBM, to help companies to plan and assess their security strategy for the cloud, as well as cloud-based security services.

The initiative will be supported by research from the IBM Watson and Zurich research labs, which will focus on enabling enhanced data integrity, recovery, privacy, and customer isolation in a public cloud environment.

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