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15 rules to protect IBM Mainframe Systems from hacking!

15 rules to protect IBM Mainframe Systems from hacking
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Even the securest IBM Z installations in top security environments are exposed to hacking threats that are underestimated, downplayed or simply unknown to most mainframe operations and security teams. What is your risk exposure, what methods social hackers are using and what are recommended steps to protect yourself from those dangers?

Can a Bank Outsource IT Security?

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Most people would say no. Such an idea sounds almost crazy.

Still this is more than likely to have happened at quite a few banks, as more and more banks outsource mainframe operations to service providers. The ironic thing about this is that it is indeed on the mainframe where the bank’s absolutely most critical information assets are to be found!  

The Outsourced Mainframe and the Human Factor

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As a generation Y mainframer born in the 80’s, I find it hard sometimes to explain to my generational peers what I do.
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Why Mainframe?

Typically people my age a) have never heard of the mainframe or b) think of punch cards and green screen terminals they saw in a computer museum. They tend to be surprised when I tell them that mission-critical workloads like ledgers, payroll, inventory control, banking and financial transactions are in the year 2018 actually running on mainframes. In fact, some 68 % of the world’s IT production workloads run on mainframes (cio.com) and 71 % of global Fortune 500 companies have a mainframe (IBM). There are valid reasons for that such as reliability, availability, service-ability, scalability and security.

RACF Audit Minimizes Risks for Mainframe Customers

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RACF Audit Minimizes Risks for Mainframe CustomersMore than 80 percent of all global z/OS installations employ RACF (Resource Access Control Facility), the IBM tool for identifying and verifying users, managing access rights and logging access to protected resources. Based on the probable assumption that IBM mainframe systems are likely used by very large companies, it can be said with great confidence that RACF protects the security of the world’s most complex IT landscapes.

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Latest Release Beta UX 4.4. Now Available

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Beta UX Output Management and Archive

The latest version of the Beta UX 4.4. output management and archive suite has just been released. For several months, the team evaluated numerous suggestions and requirements communicated to us by our customers and implemented these in the 4.4. release. The changes aim at making document handling with the Beta UX Suite even more secure and intuitive.

Good Prospects for z/OS Admins Across the Globe

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Yves Colliard, founder of YCOS GmbH

Yves Colliard, founder of YCOS GmbH

Yves Colliard was born in 1962, so he can be considered one of the youngest mainframe pioneers.

The Swiss native has dedicated more than thirty years to the z/OS platform, and early on the clever entrepreneur discovered a niche that he has been occupying with his products.

The exclusive sales partnership with Beta Systems is a win-win situation in three regards: For his company YCOS GmbH, for Beta Systems as well as for both companies’ customers. The following interview with the IBM expert provides insights into his business model.

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Why Output Management ‘Is a Thing’ for C-Level Management

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BS_Infografik-Papierloses-Rechenzentrum_FB_13-02Output management is a subject that does not draw a lot of enthusiasm from most people.

But what makes it increasingly ‘sexy’ and worth paying attention to is the potential for significant cost savings it holds. Taking advantage of this potential is a good strategy for C-level managers – who tend to be in charge of OM – to make their mark.

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Operlog Tools – The New Simplicity of Handling z/OS Log Streams

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operlog-tools-mainframe-logstreamsBeta Systems upgrades log management solution portfolio for z/OS by adding OPERLOG and z/OS log stream applications in a new product bundle called Operlog Tools.

Several customers asked us for tools that facilitate Operlog archiving and easy Operlog access. The powerful Operlog Tools product package is our answer.

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