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MAINFRAME SECURITY SURVEY

Thankfully, educational
resources exist. The IBM
X-Force* Exchange database,
for example, allows users to
learn more about both past
and current threats, including
in real time, across the globe
and industries. Participants are
encouraged to add information
about the types of threats
circulating so others can protect
themselves. Industry-specific
websites, such as the Financial
Services Information Sharing
and Analysis Center (fsisac.com),
can be similarly valuable.
Third-party security tools can
also be a resource, although only
37.1 percent of respondents have
external security management
solutions in place (62.9 percent
do not). That said, introducing
them in excess could increase
security-control complexity. It's
important that organizations
find the ones that best suit their
unique requirements.
"Thousands of small security
startups offer niche solutions.
But it's hard to know which are
the right ones, so you might end
up with 120 solutions from 50
or 60 different vendors-and
that's where complexity comes
into play. Once you have them,
what do you do with them?
How do you operationalize
them? How do you make
sense of all the data?" Sardino
asks. "Identifying a set of key
solutions that can be integrated

Figure 4: What do you think would most help address
security-related issues at your organization?

Figure 5: What security-related policies does your
organization follow?

by a central security intelligence
system provides a layered
approach to combat the variety
of threats that exist."

"Security concerns for mainframe
clouds are exactly the same as
non-cloud implementations."
-Fred Shay, mainframe storage manager, IBM

40 // SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 ibmsystemsmag.com

Audit and Update
Even with solutions, cognitive systems and the proper
third-party tools in place,
organizations just establish
and update policy and auditing procedures-and the vast
majority of survey respondents
(82.2 percent) agree. The most
prevalent policy was password/
passphrase (96.5 percent),
followed by workstation configuration (83.2 percent),
acceptable use of resources
(71.8 percent), user orientation


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