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PARTNER PERSPECTIVE

SPO NSORED CONT E NT

Are Mainframes
Your Weakest Link?

BMC
CHRISTOPHER PERRY
LEAD PRODUCT
MANAGER FOR
BMC AMI FOR
SECURITY
Christopher is
the lead product
manager for BMC AMI
for Security. Prior to
BMC, he served in the
U.S. Army in several
cybersecurity roles.
Christopher_perry@bmc.com
571-521-8717

The information security market has grown tremendously over the past
two decades as major cyberattacks have resulted in more than $10 billion in
damabes1 and revealed millions of pieces of personally identifiable information2. New legislation begins fining companies for failure to take appropriate
measures3. Yet, the vast majority of defensive systems are designed solely
for distributed platforms and fully ignore the mainframes, which run the
majority of the world's financial transactions and maintain the most sensitive data.
The mainframe has earned years of
security through obscurity because the
original hacker culture simply lacked
access to the prohibitively expensive
system to break and pen test. Today, the
cost of access for nation state sponsored
advanced persistent threats, the ubiquity
of Linux* on IBM Z* and access to a
virtualized z/OS* platform have lowered
the barrier to entry for malicious actors.
This necessitates that companies
begin protecting the backbone of the IT
infrastructure from more than the auditor.
Companies have learned this lesson the
hard way. Stories of hackings have made headlines internationally4. Even
the mainframe is not immune. Hackers have had the capacity to destroy a
company's most vital information. The only way to effectively detect and respond to attacks is to use tools that have real-time notification and monitoring of mainframe events aggregated into the enterprise SIEM where security
analysts can immediately spot unauthorized users escalating privileges,
access to the mainframe's most sensitive files and modification of sensitive
datasets.
Within a few hours, the hackers had full control of the victim's mainframe.
At this point, the hackers had the full capability to encrypt and destroy the
company's most vital information. The only way to effectively detect and
respond to attacks like this is to use tools that have real-time notification
and monitoring of mainframe events aggregated into the enterprise SIEM
where security analysts can immediately spot unauthorized users escalating
privileges, access to the mainframe's most sensitive files, and modification
of sensitive datasets.
The time to prevent stories like this from being about your organization is
now. Include your mainframe in your security architecture and ensure you
can perform endpoint detection and response to security incidents before
you are in the headlines. ■

Include your
mainframe in
your security
architecture ...
before you're in
the headlines.

1 https://www.wired.com/story/notpetya-cyberattack-ukraine-russia-code-crashed-the-world/
2 https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/05/equifax-breach-exposed-millions-of-drivers-licenses-phone-numbersemails/
3 https://blogs.dlapiper.com/privacymatters/germany-first-data-protection-authority-issues-gdpr-fine/
4 https://www.pcworld.com/article/2034733/pirate- bay-cofounder-charged-with-hacking-ibm-mainframes-stealing-money.html

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Editor's Desk: Enabling your success in a hybrid multicloud world
Currents: Arvind Krishna elected IBM CEO, James Whitehurst elected president
Currents: Solutions
Currents: Sustainable battery composition
Currents: The next generation of IBMers on why IBM Z is relevant
Currents: Women in IT value community and mentorship
Currents: A call to all Canadian mainframers
Partner POV: Develop an effective package management strategy to streamline DevOps
Cover Story: Meet the New IBM z15 and IBM LinuxONE III Models: The latest air-cooled systems can help enhance resiliency, security and availability in a hybrid cloud world
The Business Value of the Transformative IBM Z Platform How Feature 1: The Business Value of the Transformative IBM Z Platform: How IBM Z provides tools and capabilities for digital transformation
TECH Showcase: The IBM DS8900F family of flash storage systems provides improved encryption, disaster recovery, uptime and scalability
Techbits: Linux on IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE: When to use SCSI versus DASD storage
Techbits: Application tier considerations for moving to the cloud or x86
Techbits: Ask the expert: How can I reduce risk when performing an IBM Z hardware upgrade?
Beyond the Box: IBMer David Hilliard on his role as a locomotive engineer for the Catskill Mountain Railroad
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Editor's Desk: Enabling your success in a hybrid multicloud world
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Currents: Solutions
IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Currents: The next generation of IBMers on why IBM Z is relevant
IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Currents: Women in IT value community and mentorship
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Currents: A call to all Canadian mainframers
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Partner POV: Develop an effective package management strategy to streamline DevOps
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Cover Story: Meet the New IBM z15 and IBM LinuxONE III Models: The latest air-cooled systems can help enhance resiliency, security and availability in a hybrid cloud world
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - The Business Value of the Transformative IBM Z Platform How Feature 1: The Business Value of the Transformative IBM Z Platform: How IBM Z provides tools and capabilities for digital transformation
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - TECH Showcase: The IBM DS8900F family of flash storage systems provides improved encryption, disaster recovery, uptime and scalability
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Techbits: Linux on IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE: When to use SCSI versus DASD storage
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Techbits: Application tier considerations for moving to the cloud or x86
IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - 38
IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Techbits: Ask the expert: How can I reduce risk when performing an IBM Z hardware upgrade?
IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - May/June 2020 - Beyond the Box: IBMer David Hilliard on his role as a locomotive engineer for the Catskill Mountain Railroad
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