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?

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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

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

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.
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Efficient Troubleshooting Delivers Smooth IT production

Credit Suisse introduced Operlog Tools from Beta Systems to speed up IT production error resolution. Ever since, Credit Suisse has been able to reduce the risk of unplanned downtimes and has greatly accelerated the task of narrowing down errors.

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Efficient Troubleshooting Delivers Smooth IT production

Rapid Error Analysis Thanks to Detailed Data Access

The Operlog Tools provide options for analyzing online data and archived information via a simple yet powerful interface. It allows employees of Credit Suisse to evaluate serious production errors with ease. This is made possible thanks to comprehensive selection and filter criteria that can be custom configured or shared with team members. The latter option ensures that all contributing parties have a unified case view.

The future-proof Mainframe – Access Management in the Digital Age

RACF Administration in the Digital Age

Companies that operate mainframe systems are presently facing hard times. Most of their mainframe experts are about to retire, and only few young IT specialists can fill the gap. However, the mainframe remains a key technology today and in the future – one that has to meet constantly rising demands also for the RACF administration.

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Digitization, new legal provisions, and organizational changes require that mainframe systems quickly adapt to new practices and regulations. This forcesorganizations to develop corresponding strategies, including ways to simplify RACF-based authorization management and to make it more secure.

Reinsured Customers Thanks to Automated Data Reconciliation

Reinsured Customers Thanks to Automated Data Reconciliation

Automated data reconciliation implemented at a major Canadian bank.

When Oscar Peterson (who died in 2007) wrote the song “My Personal Touch,” most people probably thought the title was referring to the piano keys he so skillfully caressed. But that’s far off the mark: The world famous jazz pianist dedicated this piece to the “personal touch banking machines” of Canada’s largest bank. They were highly advanced even back in 1981. Complex technology hidden beneath a user-friendly interface – in order to implement this objective, the bank relies on products from Beta Systems that help it keep data center processes up and running. This is among our largest Beta 91 installations in North America, and it has been upgraded and extended ever since its introduction in the early 90s.

RACF Audit Minimizes Risks for Mainframe Customers

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.