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Cloud & Service Management blog
Bryan Casey 270003BSJV BFCASEY@US.IBM.COM Tags:  ibmsecurity z cloud mainframe security ibm system 2,668 Visits
Today's post is brought to you by Carolyn Rogers, SWG Market Manager.
What: Consolidated Security Management for Mainframe Clouds Webcast
When: July 14, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight, 3:00 p.m. GMT, 4:00 p.m. British Summer Time
Speaker: Glinda Cummings, WW Senior Tivoli Product Manager, zSecure
While preventing security breaches is paramount, security administrators are frequently bogged down with tedious, time-consuming, complex day-to-day tasks that divert their attention from security issues. These time-consuming tasks can be reduced by improving security administration processes and automating audit documentation, allowing administrators to focus on innovative extensions to their business applications in order to maximize investments.
Join us for this webcast on July 14th to learn about the new capabilities in Security zSecure suite, Security Key Lifecycle Manager, Tivoli Federated Identity Manager, Tivoli Security Information and Event Manager, and other security products that enhance cloud security on the mainframe.
In this session, you’ll learn how Tivoli Security Management for zEnterprise can help:
· Reduce the cost of administrating security on the mainframe by reducing complexity and using fewer staff resources
· Automate security policy enforcement to implement best practices and compliance requirements
· Analyze data to detect and respond rapidly to the large volume of security events and threats both internal and external
· Proactively handle events with automated closed-loop remediation that closes exposures
· Protect sensitive data and simplify the lifecycle management of encryption keys
· Consolidated cloud security management for zEnterprise
Sign up for the webcast here.
Noah Kuttler 110000SVNJ firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  service-management integrated-service-manage... zenterprise mainframe ism 1,877 Visits
If I was a minstrel, I'd be writing a song about our most recent press release (yes, I still have Game of Thrones on my mind).
On Tuesday, IBM announced an exciting new offering in the mainframe portfolio.
Many of the analysts have focused on the $75,000 entry price point. And that's cool.
There are customers who on Monday didn't think that they could afford a mainframe and are today putting it on their short list. What they will find is a platform that is highly reliable and will help them achieve the levels of innovation needed to drive their business.
Of course, I'm an Integrated Service Management guy and at the end of the day it's all about the service.
Which is why the good news is that we provide a Integrated Service Management capabilities and portfolio solutions for the mainframe.
A solid portfolio of hardware and software that continues to get stronger. To quote Ana Gasteyer as Martha Stewart, "It's a good thing."
For more information contact your IBM sales rep or one of our Business Partners using the Business Partner Locator website and feel free to leave comments below about your positive experiences with the mainframe.
* Statement of direction is intended to provide insight into IBM plans and direction. Availability, prices, ordering information, and terms and conditions will be provided when the product is announced.
All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice
Bryan Casey 270003BSJV BFCASEY@US.IBM.COM Tags:  z security key mainframe sklm encryption 3,400 Visits
Today's post comes from Anne Lescher, Product Marketing Manager, IBM Security Solutions.
As the mainframe continues to extend support for consolidated workloads on System z, enterprises should strongly consider utilizing the mainframe as their enterprise data and security hub. Mainframes are uniquely able to protect information with a rich collection of encryption capabilities that includes self-encrypting tape and disk storage for data at rest, in addition to robust access controls, file level encryption, database encryption, and communication encryption protocols. Now with the mainframe’s ability to support virtual workloads, organizations can create cloud environments with protected data available for shared innovative collaborative ventures.
Encryption is the ultimate solution for protecting sensitive data. But many practitioners are reluctant to utilize encryption due to concerns of performance overhead, disruption to their operations and changes required in their applications, and encryption key management complexity. But the biggest fear of all is losing all access to encrypted data if the encryption key is ever lost or forgotten.
In most cases, organizations have less and less choice over when and how to encrypt information as more and more industries and governments enact legislation and standards that mandate the use of encryption.
So a superior encryption key lifecycle management solution is essential in order to implement the best end-to-end security which protects enterprise mission critical data and sensitive personal information. This solution should include standards based key management and help:
IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager for z/OS allows enterprises to fully exploit the security strengths of their mainframes to act as both an enterprise data hub and an enterprise security hub for the consolidated workloads that run on the newest System z platforms.
For more information, you can visit us online here.
Bryan Casey 270003BSJV BFCASEY@US.IBM.COM Tags:  application ibm security mainframe 2,218 Visits
Today's post comes from Anne Lescher, Product Marketing Manager, IBM Security.
Many enterprises run their mission critical application workloads on their mainframe systems. They would like to centralize their application security controls, security policy enforcement, data protection, auditing reporting and compliance management for a consolidated view of security. They are looking for smarter security intelligence that will help them leverage the mainframe as their enterprise security hub. IBM Security zSecure suite V1.13 consists of multiple individual components designed to help you administer your mainframe security server, monitor for threats, enforce policy compliance, audit usage and configurations, and assist in compliance management and audit reporting.
• IBM Security zSecure Admin, Visual, and CICS Toolkit provide administrative, provisioning, and management components that can significantly reduce administration time, effort, and costs, and help improve productivity and response time, as well as help reduce training time for new administrators.
• IBM Security zSecure Audit, Alert, and Command Verifier provide security policy enforcement, audit, monitoring and compliance management components. These offerings help ease the burden of compliance audits, can improve security and incident handling, and can increase overall operational effectiveness.
New Security zSecure suite V1.13 capabilities offer enhancements for DB2, CICS, and IMS application security auditing that:
• Automates security analysis of CICS and IMS transactions and programs
• Provides automated determination of which System Authorization Facility (SAF) classes are being used by each active IBM DB2, IBM CICS, or IBM IMS subsystem
• Enhances Access Monitor and allows you to improve data consolidation
• Allows annotating userid displays with data from external human resource files such as department and employee number
• Adds globalization enhancements to support international language support and auditing
• Allows addition of your own sensitivity classification, audit concern, and priority to data set names and general resources
• Supports currency with z/OS V1R13, ACF2 R14 and R15, CICS V4R2, and Top Secret R12, R14, and R15
• Extends integration with Communications Server and provides various interface improvements
For more information on the functions available in the new version of IBM Security zSecure suite V1.13 visit our announcement letter and our zSecure product website.