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notably busy. Didier Andre,
a mainframe consultant for
Lab Services who focuses on
z Systems, describes the department as "a team of firefighters,"
putting out fires.
"But usually, our consulting
service is about prevention,"
Andre adds. "People tend to say
or to think that mainframe is the
most secure platform. That's not
100 percent true-it's the most
securable. And we're providing
services to help our clients to
make it the most secure."
Because preventive measures
are a major part of their work,
another way to think of Andre
and his Lab Services colleagues
is as physicians. For IBM clients
that request their help, they
conduct what they call security
"health checks" on the entire
system. That starts with IBM's
RACF* software, which provides
basic security for the mainframe.
But that's just the start of helping
clients ensure their systems are
as secure as possible.
"We're looking holistically at
how you're protecting the data-
when you have it, when you
receive it, and when you send it
off," says Craig Johnston, a Lab
Services consultant specializing
in mainframe security. "That's
especially important for PCI DSS,
because those systems are just
part of the bigger picture-including how you're protecting the data
from a merchant, through the
card issuer, the reconciliation of
the bills and so on."
PCI DSS applies to companies of any size that process
credit card data and it mandates
cryptographic use, because
organizations that accept such
payments must store, process and transmit cardholder
data. For hackers, that data is
pure gold, and organizations
must guard that treasure on a

PCI-compliant system. PCI DSS
is a set of requirements designed
to secure and protect customer
payment data. Not following
the PCI DSS standards puts an
organization's customers' credit
data at risk.
A breach could cost that
organization millions in repairs,
reparations to customers or
potential loss of reputation and
business.
In helping clients keep their
customers' data safe, Lab Services
pays particular attention to
cryptography (i.e., crypto). Crypto
covers all technologies used to
convert plain text into scrambled
text so that outsiders can't access
or "read" it.
"A lot of that has to do with the
encryption of the data to protect
the data on the system," Johnston says. "We look at the actual
installation to determine if the
encryption is being done only
half way-if at all. We then help
clients fine-tune the encryption."
Lab Services helps clients update
crypto for devices, databases and
applications, as well as entire
systems.
Lab Services examines and
uses several tools when working with clients to fortify the
walls around their important
data. Crucial elements of the
protection strategy are encryption keys-code that scrambles
"plaintext" into "ciphertext" that
outsiders can't read. Encryption
keys are designed with algorithms intended to ensure that
every key is unpredictable and
unique. Without an encryption
key, ciphertext can't be unwound
back to plaintext.
The z Systems servers also have
dedicated CryptoCards. These
tools are managed primarily by
the Integrated Cryptographic
Services Facility, a software
element of z/OS that works with

The Threat Is
Real-Averting
Cyber Attacks
With increased threat levels, cyberattacks have become mainstream and
we see new threats from more venues than ever before. Threats from
the Internet of Things, ransomware
and malware, like MIRAI, and others
provide unlimited paths into an organization's infrastructure and introduce
more risk than ever before.
Today's mainframe is just
another server in the data center,
accessible internally and externally
like every Windows*, UNIX*, Linux*
or other server. Not only are mainframe environments vulnerable to
internal malicious users, but also
to external hacktivists, criminals
and competitors. To ensure critical
assets are properly protected, organizations should perform regular
mainframe security assessments.
To prevent a cyber breach,
we advocate a comprehensive
security assessment that includes
collecting, processing and assessing
all relevant customer data based
on best practices. Upon conclusion
a mainframe security assessment
should provide an actionable report
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need knowing your mainframe is
safeguarded and protected against
security breach and other potential
cyber risk.

Brian Caskey
CMO, Vanguard Integrity Professionals
Brian has a 25-year track record in
global marketing, corporate strategy,
business development and global
branding.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Blockchain's Assets
IBM Perspective: The Foundation for Trust in Blockchains
Infographic: Securing Your Blockchian: The details that matter
Techbits: Spurring Economic Growth in Africa
Partner PoV: Current Demand: Modernize environment and applications to stay competitive
R&D: Cognitive Conditioning: How IBM researchers use machine learning to make storage smarter
Cover Story: The Business of Blockchain: The ledger technology is set to streamline markets and transform industries
Feature: Added Security: IBM delivers additional protection for blockchain
Feature: Shared Information: Blockchain works with systems of record to integrate data
TECH Showcase: To Serve and Protect: IBM Lab Services for z Systems and LinuxONE helps clients stay vigilant against data hackers
Administrator: Logical Process: IBM CICS asynchronous API allows for more natural program creation
Solutions: Mainframe Operations Intelligence, CA Technologies; GIT for IBM z/OS, Rocket Software; SMA_RT Software V3.3.005, Type80 Security Software Inc.; Topaz for Total Test, Compuware Corporation
Stop Run: From Military to Mainframe: McLaughlin defies the odds with determination and hard work
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2017 Mainframe Solutions Edition
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - Editor's Desk: Blockchain's Assets
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - IBM Perspective: The Foundation for Trust in Blockchains
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - Infographic: Securing Your Blockchian: The details that matter
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - Techbits: Spurring Economic Growth in Africa
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - Partner PoV: Current Demand: Modernize environment and applications to stay competitive
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - R&D: Cognitive Conditioning: How IBM researchers use machine learning to make storage smarter
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - Cover Story: The Business of Blockchain: The ledger technology is set to streamline markets and transform industries
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - Feature: Added Security: IBM delivers additional protection for blockchain
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - Feature: Shared Information: Blockchain works with systems of record to integrate data
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - TECH Showcase: To Serve and Protect: IBM Lab Services for z Systems and LinuxONE helps clients stay vigilant against data hackers
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - Administrator: Logical Process: IBM CICS asynchronous API allows for more natural program creation
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - Solutions: Mainframe Operations Intelligence, CA Technologies; GIT for IBM z/OS, Rocket Software; SMA_RT Software V3.3.005, Type80 Security Software Inc.; Topaz for Total Test, Compuware Corporation
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - Stop Run: From Military to Mainframe: McLaughlin defies the odds with determination and hard work
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - May/June 2017 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
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