Moving to the cloud is here. Is your data secure?

51 percent

of IT executives say they have a hybrid cloud strategy¹

45 percent

of IT security professionals say that deploying effective security is their top barrier to cloud adoption²

22 percent

say that cloud transitions are falling short on security²

Hybrid cloud security myths

Data security is a given

Myth: Data security is a given

Because several high-profile companies and government agencies have embraced multi-cloud architectures, some assume that the cloud is inherently secure or that it is now as secure as a company’s own datacenter. However, despite the protection provided by cloud security providers (CSP), cloud data security is in fact a shared responsibility. As a result, when leveraging hybrid cloud, businesses play a significant role in deploying a secure, effective cloud environment.

Security is a blocker

Myth: Security is a blocker

More often than not, when a company embarks on a new initiative — whether that is a new app or a new area of business — the ‘security’ component can be seen as a time-consuming requirement. However, in today’s fast-paced and technology-driven world being proactive in keeping company data secure is an essential process that can accelerate business. The alternative is to be reactive in security only when vulnerabilities are exposed and breaches occur — both of which can be blockers to business.

Compliance is included

Myth: Compliance is included

Compliance is not a given when a business contracts with a CSP. Some may assume that leading CSPs are automatically compliant and adhering to regulations, but this is not necessarily the case. Multi-cloud environments and on-premises servers have additional requirements that can complicate the ability to prove compliance, therefore making effective security solutions crucial wherever data resides.

Three keys to secure your hybrid cloud

Protect your data

Protect your data

Bring your own security controls to complement the security of your cloud service provider and keep your data safe and secure. Security areas of focus for a hybrid cloud environment are:

  • Data protection
  • Identity and access management
  • Application security
  • Cloud workload management
  • Cloud network security
  • Visibility and intelligence
  • Security operations and threat management
Enhance your productivity

Enhance your productivity

It’s critical to provide a security framework and the necessary tools to incorporate security from the beginning when migrating to the cloud or working with DevOps. By building security into the design, you don’t lose productivity going back and incorporating it later.


Ensure you’re compliant

Ensure you’re compliant

With a hybrid cloud environment,achieving compliance presents unique challenges where it’s essential that security policies are followed, in addition to having visibility and reporting into both the cloud and on-premises servers.

  • Validate implemented controls against an organization's security policy, 
  • Industry compliance, 
  • Risk policies 
  • International regulatory compliance (GDPR, PSD2)

Get a quick look at IBM solutions that help you address your hybrid cloud risks

Identity and Access Management

Manage which users have access to the specific data they need, when they need it, wherever it resides.

Data protection

Gain intelligent visibility into your entire data protection journey and granular access controls to sensitive data elements, whether they are stored on-premises or in cloud databases.

Application security

Test and harden applications to find vulnerabilities and mitigate attacks against data and systems.

Cloud workload management

Secure your workloads to protect against risks with endpoints, policies, and other critical processes.

Cloud network security

Protect your company against debilitating attacks with the right network security for the cloud.

Visibility and intelligence

Gain comprehensive visibility into enterprise data across on-premises and cloud-based environments.

Security operations and threat management

Detect and defend against security threats with visibility across log events and network flow data from thousands of devices, endpoints and applications.

Continuous compliance

Assess your organization’s controls framework for completeness and compliance, and identify new regulations, analyze them for specific obligations, and make changes to your controls to remain compliant.

See how IBM Security helps monitor your cloud infrastructure

IBM® QRadar® on Cloud, a network security intelligence and analytics offering, can help you detect cybersecurity attacks and network breaches. It helps you take action before any considerable damage is done or immediately respond to any critical data losses. With a cloud-based service, your team will focus on reviewing anomalous conditions and patching the most important asset vulnerabilities rather than acquiring and deploying technology components. You can begin using IBM QRadar on Cloud by paying a monthly fee and rapidly scaling to meet your needs.

Secure hybrid cloud resources

Learn more about how securing your hybrid cloud can help accelerate your business growth.

Review the solutions available from IBM to help your business secure its current and future hybrid cloud environments.

Read more about how to best approach hybrid cloud security without impacting the speed of your business.

¹ Source: "The Hybrid Cloud Survey," Stratoscale
² Source: "The Cloud Security Spotlight report," Information Security LinkedIn, 2015