IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 38

MAINFRAME SECURITY SURVEY

IBM Security Guardium* Data
Encryption-alleviate that issue,
allowing users to encrypt IBM
DB2* and IMS* data without
altering applications.
"We have been encouraging
customers to encrypt sensitive data as much as they can,
and our strategy is to make it
simple to help remove barriers
for wider-spread adoption,"
Sardino says. "That way, clients can implement encryption
pervasively across the enterprise, whether it's on disk, on
the network, in the database or
in applications. It's a layered
approach to helping protect sensitive data."

Diving Deep
Many organizations have already
taken steps to identify potential
risk factors: authorized and
unauthorized users, external
hackers, unprotected downloads, phishing, software hooks
(trapdoors) and malware. As
Desu simply puts it: "Awareness
drives security."
When asked if they believed
the need for IBM mainframe
security skills is increasing as
IT professionals familiar with
the platform retire or prepare
to retire in the near future,
a whopping 84.9 percent of
survey respondents said yes. In
clear recognition of this, 52.7
percent of respondents said
increased education on current, in-place security software,
strategy and policies would
help address security-related
issues at their organizations (see
Figure 4, page 40).
"We have initiatives where
we're teaching the next generation of mainframe skills,"
Sardino says. "But security
requires a special type of person:
someone who's willing to roll up

Figure 3: What do you consider to be the greatest cloud
computing security threats?

their sleeves and dive into the
arcane minutia involved in this.
That said, simply educating your
workforce on proper security
policies, such as not writing their
passwords on sticky notes and
putting them under their keyboards, goes a long way."
More comprehensively, organizations can replace some of
the manual labor involved in
spotting and reacting to potential
intrusions by turning to advanced
analytics and cognitive systems.
Tools such as IBM Watson* for
Cyber Security actively learn from
experience as well as threat-analysis documentation-including
blogs and threat feeds-to, in
real time, recognize suspicious
access activity and notify security
analysts of those potential threats.

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For example, these analytical/
cognitive tools can use non-rulesbased behavioral assessments
to discover if someone is trying
to break into someone else's
account. The key to this is
behavioral analysis based on
historically normal activity.
These types of cognitive systems
can act and gather pertinent
security information faster than
human analysts-and present
alerts and threat data to them in
natural language.
This can help ameliorate
concerns surrounding the lack of
security specialists currently in
the marketplace. "You can't just
get a certificate and automatically
call yourself an expert. It takes
years and years of experience to
get to that level," King remarks.

"We have been encouraging
customers to encrypt sensitive data as
much as they can, and our strategy
is to make it simple to help remove
barriers for wider-spread adoption."
-Nick Sardino, security offering manager, IBM z Systems


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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Mitigating money matters
IBM Perspective: Linux on z Systems provides financial industry a foundation for blockchain
Partner PoV: Virtualization helps improve time to market and data center operations
IT Today: Blockchain's potential extends beyond the financial industry
Case Study: The Right Tools: Educational Testing Service streamlines application calls and improves PCI compliance
Cover Story: Process Transformation: Blockchain brings speed, security and transparency to business
Feature: A Modern System: IBM midtier solutions exploit API and microservices to drive innovation
Special Report: Mainframe Security Survey: Unauthorized users and external hackers are top concerns cited in survey
Tech Corner: Create a DevOps pipeline for Java applications in CICS
Solutions: zVT Control Center, dbDefender DAM Agent for DB2
Stop Run: IBM software engineer balances his day job with acting
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Editor's Desk: Mitigating money matters
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - IBM Perspective: Linux on z Systems provides financial industry a foundation for blockchain
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Partner PoV: Virtualization helps improve time to market and data center operations
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - IT Today: Blockchain's potential extends beyond the financial industry
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Case Study: The Right Tools: Educational Testing Service streamlines application calls and improves PCI compliance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Cover Story: Process Transformation: Blockchain brings speed, security and transparency to business
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Feature: A Modern System: IBM midtier solutions exploit API and microservices to drive innovation
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Special Report: Mainframe Security Survey: Unauthorized users and external hackers are top concerns cited in survey
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Tech Corner: Create a DevOps pipeline for Java applications in CICS
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Solutions: zVT Control Center, dbDefender DAM Agent for DB2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Stop Run: IBM software engineer balances his day job with acting
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
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