IBM is launching a new service to help customers\u00a0manage their data encryption keys\u00a0in a hybrid cloud environment.\u00a0\nUnified Key Orchestrator lets customers integrate all security key-management systems into one managed service that's backed by Big Blue\u2019s Hardware Security Module. HSM is IBM\u2019s system that protects against physical or logical attacks and has special hardware to perform cryptographic operations and protect keys.\n\nAvailable from IBM Cloud, Unified Key Orchestrator lets customers maintain visibility and control over who has access to their critical data, while running workloads across hybrid or multicloud cloud environments. In addition, with a single, secure, cloud-based\u00a0 view of an organization\u2019s\u00a0crypto keys,\u00a0enterprises can create and revoke keys for their data across multiple clouds. At the same time, companies no longer need to rely on security experts with specialized knowledge of each individual cloud to handle security operations, according to IBM.\nConsidering the average company is using more than eight or nine cloud environments, they risk greater exposure to malicious threats that can compromise data, IBM stated. Dealing with multiple clouds means handling multiple cryptographic keys in multiple key management services.\nWith Unified Key Orchestrator, IBM says customers have one point of control for multiple keys in multiple clouds and secure backup of all keys.\nBy making it possible to securely manage encryption keys with a single point of control \u2013 including across other public clouds \u2013 IBM is proving that what it cares most about is clients and what truly keeps them up at night, not where their data is stored, said Frank Dickson, vice president of security & trust with IDC, in a statement. \u201cUnified Key Orchestrator also eases the management burden which is aggravated by the security talent shortage by making it possible for businesses to demonstrate compliance across multiple cloud platforms \u2013 which can be incredibly complex \u2013 faster and easier," he said.