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MAINFRAME SECURITY SURVEY

downloads (27.3 percent), phishing (17.1 percent), software hooks
or trapdoors (15.3 percent), and
malware (12.4 percent). See the
breakdown in Figure 1, right.
This list is already long and
seems likely to expand, which
prompts King to say, "Everyone
should be scared. They all have
unique situations, and there's no
one-size-fits-all solution."
Indeed, the survey respondents
hail from various industries (see
Figure 2, page 36), including
banking and finance (22.7 percent), government and military
(8.6 percent), insurance (7.9
percent) and manufacturing
(3.1 percent). Each industry has
unique reasons and requirements
for protecting data. For some,
regulations and compliance
requirements are key drivers.
For others, damage to reputation
or brands are motivators.
"Part of it is legal compliance
mandates, and another is having
data the bad guys are interested

Figure 1: What types of mainframe-related security threats most
currently concern you?

in-and the need to protect that,"
notes Nick Sardino, security
offering manager, IBM z Systems*.
"Otherwise, they risk reputational
damage and financial losses.
If your bank gets breached, for
example, it's likely to offer credit
monitoring and other mitigation

TAKEAWAY
s

A recent survey of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe
edition readership found 54.1 percent of respondents
are very concerned about security, 36.3 percent are
somewhat concerned and 9.6 percent have
no concerns.

s

71.4 percent of survey respondents have encryption in
place; 28.7 percent do not.

s

Concerns about cloud security include: monitoring cloud
security infrastructure (57.2 percent), maintaining
regulatory compliance (48.8 percent), monitoring
workloads across multiple cloud infrastructures
(34.7 percent) and monitoring cloud-based network
data traffic patterns (29.4 percent).

s

Among concerns regarding mobile security are: data
privacy (74.9 percent), access control
(64.2 percent), mobile device loss or theft
(50.7 percent), third-party mobile apps
(43.1 percent) and compliance (32.7 percent).

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services, and real costs are associated with that. Plus, everyone
wants to keep themselves out of
the newspapers."
When respondents were asked
how their organizations determine their security strategies,
the responses were somewhat
expected but instructional
nonetheless. For example, 69.3
percent cited compliance needs,
68 percent industry best practices, 52.2 percent a risk-based
framework, 26.7 percent costvalue analysis, 24.7 percent past
attacks and 13.6 percent board
recommendations.

Mitigating Risks
Many steps can be taken to more
robustly secure increasingly
complex and expanding computing environments, including the
cloud, whether it's being used as
a replacement for entire data centers or as components of them.
However, cloud security
concerns also surfaced in the
survey results. When asked what
they consider the three greatest
cloud computing security threats,
80.2 percent of respondents cited
keeping all cloud data secure


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