Early in the week, IBM announced results for Q3 that were well below the market’s expectations. Maybe in response to that, or maybe because this is the way information management is going, IBM said it would really be pushing the cloud, analytics and big data management for future growth. Today, IBM announced new security initiatives for cloud and Big Data apps, and threw some in for mobile devices for good measure.

IBM Security

The overall objective here is to secure data and as all three elements are linked -- Big Data, Cloud Computing, Mobile, that is -- it makes sense for Big Blue to be making a clean sweep.

With the security capabilities, users will be able to implement better control over their data on mobile devices, reduce the risks around storing data in the cloud, gain real-time access into data access, and automate compliance and data security.

It’s IBM, so the announcement here was buried among customer wins, but when you look at it, the new services and capabilities will be useful for any company that is considering its Big Data future in the cloud.

As before, IBM is building these new releases around its existing product portfolio and applying analytics, access and intelligent identity management solutions to the problem of securing data.

IBM Cloud, Big Data, Mobile Security

At this point, we have spent so much time talking about data and the explosion in the amount of data that the problems with it hardly need to be outlined. However, issues stem from the fact that an estimated 2.5 Quintilian bytes of data are created every day, not to mention the piles of data that are lying around global repositories all over the world.

On top of that there is the growing number of regulatory regimes including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the burgeoning number of regulations coming out of the EU. With all these, traditional ways of managing information just won’t cut it anymore.

1. Big Data

For Big Data solutions and privacy in Big Data environments, IBM has developed InfoSphere Guardium for reporting in Hadoop-based systems like BigInsights or Cloudera.

This offers federated controls across data sources enabling users to understand application data access patterns and stop the deliberate, or even accidental, leakage of data through data change controls.

It comes with built-in audit reporting and federated controls across all data sources, while the audit reporting tools can be used to generate compliance reports on a scheduled basis and distribute them to oversight departments for electronic sign-offs.

2. Mobile Security

This is not the first time that IBM has broached the problem of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD), but this looks like a major step forward in this respect.

The news here is that Big Blue is offering users the possibility of risk-based access control along with the integration of access management into mobile application development. It has also announced a comprehensive Mobile Security Framework to help organizations implement security in mobile environments.

Mobility and consumerization are fundamentally changing the way organizations interact in the marketplace. By 2016, 200M+ employees will use their own smartphones for work.

Mobile security from IBM now offers wider and greater context aware access control for mobile users with a number of different solutions for mobile security and management, including mobile security intelligence.

3. Cloud Security

For the cloud, IBM has released cloud security enhancements that will improve visibility and increase levels of automation across the entire system.

According to IBM this will ensure that there is no unauthorized access to data, which along with automated patch management, will ensure the latest available patches will be available for remediation.

It is also extending its security intelligence threat platform with QRadar technology, a unified architecture for collecting, storing an analyzing information about security threats. This will be particularly useful for mobile workforces that are working off multi-tenant cloud platforms. More on this as it happens.