IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015 - (Page 33)

TECH SHOWCASE Keeping the Internet of Things Safe IBM X-Force report reveals challenges and strategies to succeed in the new computing environment By Kristin Lewotsky hese days, buzz about the Internet of Things (IoT) is inescapable: Intelligent vehicles let you check email, smart HVAC and lighting networks allow plant managers to control facilities from afar. Analysts post estimates of tens of billions of connected "things" by the end of the decade, with the industrial IoT predicted to boost global T gross domestic product by up to $15 trillion ( But there's a darker side to all that connectivity. Leveraging the free flow of information means potentially exposing ERP systems and other sensitive company data to incursion by hackers. The fourth quarter 2014 issue of the IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Quarterly ( puts Check out the iPad and Android apps for additional content the focus on security and the IoT, and the message is a sobering one. Remember that email-enabled car? The report cites a security demo in which researchers exploited a buffer overflow in a vehicle's music player to break into its electronics control unit and disable the brakes while the wheels were turning at 40 mph. In another incident, an intelligent lighting network with substandard cryptographic protection not only enabled users to compromise the system, but it also allowed them to capture the organization's Wi-Fi passwords. The devices used Advanced Encryption Standard ciphers, but poor implementation still left the network vulnerable. Protecting the "Things" We've long been accustomed to thinking about the risks of connectivity in the context of computers. It might not have occurred MAY/JUNE 2015 // 33

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015

Table of Contents
IBM Perspective: A mainframe built for Generation Z
Editor's Desk: Optimistic future
Partner PoV: Now is the time for multifactor authentication
Infographic: Myths, exaggerations and uncomfortable truths
Currents: TCO for an IBM z13 cloud is lower than an x86 or public cloud, according to an IBM study
R&D: IBM Research is working to better diagnose osteoporosis -- and make computing more economical
Cover Story: Mastering the Mainframe: IBM contest connects millennials to the mainframe and potential employers
Feature: The Millennial Career Guidebook: Six groups and resources to help mainframers starting their careers
Feature: Mainframe Within Reach: IBM provides a rich set of solutions designed to help new mainframe programmers
Tech Showcase: IBM X-Force report reveals challenges and strategies to succeed in the new computing environment
Tech Corner: New IBM z13 chip improves throughput and analytics performance
Solutions: ReACT V4.0; Ivory Service Architect V4.6
Stop Run: Running and fencing keep IBMer active
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
Linux on z E-book

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2015