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Streamline security across Azure hybrid multicloud environments

Security consulting, systems integration, and managed security services for Microsoft Azure

A modern, open and unified approach to security

IBM and Microsoft have formed a strategic alliance to help organizations achieve holistic enterprise-wide threat management. Our aligned security solutions enable confidence to accelerate migration, modernization, and business transformation using Azure cloud. 

IBM brings a comprehensive cloud security portfolio, including strategy and risk consulting to align and optimize security resources, solutions to protect and achieve digital trust, implementation and operation of threat management capabilities, and open, multicloud solutions to transform security using your existing resources.

Read the solution brief

Too many tools and alert backlogs inhibit security operations.

USD 3.86

The global average total cost in millions USD of a data breach in 2020.¹


Cloud misconfiguration was the #1 initial threat vector of breaches in 2020.¹


Of workloads have not yet been migrated to cloud.²

Capabilities Proactive threat hunting

Operationalize the MITRE ATT&CK framework using IBM Security proprietary TTPs combined with Microsoft threat intelligence.

Hybrid cloud security operations

Integrate Azure Sentinel and Microsoft Defender for Endpoint with your enterprise security operations and workflows to quickly identify and respond to threats.

Accelerated time-to-remediation

Refine the handling of alerts by force-multiplying cloud native detection and response features with IBM Security AI, machine learning and SOAR capabilities.

Extend your security team

Team with our trusted security advisors to improve threat management posture, combat growing security threats and address your skills shortages.

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Use cases Detect cloud misconfigurations

Protect against potential threats by detecting and resolving misconfigurations and policy drift.

Near real-time security analytics

Accelerate and enhance the accuracy of threat detection across users, endpoints and networks.

Offensive testing

Uncover known and unknown vulnerabilities to harden your defenses and protect your most critical assets.

Address regulatory requirements

Enable continuous compliance and proactively manage security risks with tailored and proven frameworks.

Case studies Challenges
  • Recent merger and acquisition
  • Safeguarding migration to Azure
  • Designing and building a secure landing zone
  • Ensuring compliance to new InfoSecurity and regulatory requirements
  • Evaluating and aligning native controls with enterprise security operations 
  • Skills gap
  • Designed target architecture and deployed Azure native security controls
  • 24/7 managed security and offensive security services
  • Comprehensive threat management solution with Azure Sentinel and Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
  • Integrated with on-premises, legacy Security Information and Events Manager (SIEM) deployment to provide a unified workflow and single pane of glass
  • Shared insights and cross-functional teaming driving operational efficiencies
  • Improved threat management posture with centralized monitoring of Azure Sentinel
  • Continuous compliance and monitoring enabled via Azure Security Center
  • Faster threat response with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
Strategic partnerships Simplified cloud-native managed services

IBM® X-Force® Threat Management (XFTM) Services from IBM Security® provide 24x7 security operations of your Azure and Microsoft security services. From deployment to day-to-day monitoring, management and response, XFTM’s NIST-aligned services aggregate your cloud native and existing security investments through our X-Force Protection Platform to provide a single view of all threat activity in your enterprise.

Optimized cloud-native security

XFTM integrates Azure Sentinel and Microsoft Defender for Endpoint to transform hybrid enterprise security. Through deep integration across multiple Microsoft and Azure APIs, XFTM uses Sentinel’s powerful detection capabilities and IBM Security SOAR automation for rapid response across your enterprise using Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.

AI-powered analytics

IBM Security uses patented AI and alert dispositioning systems to enhance Azure cloud-native capabilities. Our X-Force Protection Platform AI not only analyzes your alert with Microsoft and X-Force intelligence, but also decides to close or escalate alerts based on every alert we’ve seen from any technology or cloud service provider for the last five years.


Streamline your security capabilities across your Azure hybrid multicloud and on-premises environments

Embrace Azure native security capabilities

Align and integrate Azure native security with your enterprise security operations and workflows.

Implement end-to-end threat management

Gain full visibility, speed, and efficiency in the investigation and resolution of potential incidents.

Continuously improve your security program

Optimize your cloud security capabilities to help ensure you are meeting stringent business and regulatory requirements.

Related solutions

Gain confidence to accelerate migration, modernization and business transformation using Microsoft Azure.

Cloud Security and Compliance Strategy

Increase your security maturity, define your target state, and develop a robust strategy and plan to achieve it as you deploy workloads on Microsoft Azure.

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Cloud-native Security Controls

Get help with the adoption, configuration, monitoring and management of Microsoft Azure cloud-native security controls.

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Cloud Workload Protection

Get help securing your Microsoft Azure workloads through support for assessment, solution design, implementation and on-going managed security services.

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Cloud Security Posture Management

Enable continuous visibility, remediation approaches, and management of compliance requirements across your multicloud environment.

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IBM Security X-Force Threat Management

Fight cybercrime with expertise powered by AI and orchestration. Click below to learn more about our Azure Cloud Security Maturity Assessment.

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Managed Detection and Response for Defender Endpoints

Find and disrupt security attacks on your Microsoft Defender endpoints.

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Offensive Security

Test your applications, networks, hardware and personnel to uncover and fix vulnerabilities exposing your most important assets.

Explore IBM Security X-Force Red Offensive Security Services
Incident Response

Improve cyber incident preparedness and minimize the impact of breaches.

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¹ IBM, Cost of a Data Breach Report, 2020
² Forrester, The public cloud market outlook 2019 - 2022 (link resides outside of