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IBM and AT&T to provide enterprise mobile cloud security

IBM and AT&T have partnered up to create a mobile cloud security solution, the two companies said in a joint statement (opens in new tab) on Monday.

The solution “enables a workforce to be productive without compromising security and the mobile user experience", according to the press release.

The two companies have said that businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on cloud computing for storage and business in general, and that connecting the cloud, employees and users across different platforms is a challenging task.

It becomes even more challenging knowing that “cybercriminals are increasingly targeting mobile apps, Internet connections and corporate networks”.

“The AT&T Cybersecurity Insights report states that our experts have seen a 62% increase in DDoS attacks over past 2 years”, the press release reads.

The AT&T and IBM mobile cloud security solution will help customers secure the device, connectivity and data. It gives companies simple tools they can use to properly enable their growing mobile workforce. The reference architecture includes:

  • IBM MobileFirst Protect: helps organizations manage and control mobile devices, apps and documents.
  • AT&T NetBond®: provides a high secure, scalable network connection to IBM's Cloud infrastructure services, SoftLayer.
  • IBM Cloud: the SoftLayer infrastructure secures public and private clouds for applications and data storage.
  • AT&T Work Platform™: enables separate billing of business and personal charges for voice, messaging and data use on an employee’s** personal handset.

“Balancing employees’ need for convenience with security has become a challenge for CISOs and CIOs across the world,” said Caleb Barlow, vice president, IBM Security. “To help protect organizations, employees and data, IBM Security and AT&T are delivering a tested and easy to deploy set of complimentary tools. We’re giving enterprise mobile device users stable, private access to data and apps in the cloud.”

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.