By Jeroen Tiggelman,
Software Development Manager-zSecure suite .
Mainframes continue to be the home for mission critical information and essential business production applications in many organizations due to the strong heritage of integrated security support capabilities across hardware, operating system, software and applications.
In addition, many industries have security standards and compliance regulations such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) for healthcare, PCI-DSS (Payment Card Insusty-Data Security Standards) for retail, and SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley Act) and others for financial institutions that require special security controls and auditing.
Recent support in IBM Security zSecure suite builds on the new security support in z/OS V2.1 and Resource Access Control Facility to enhance mainframe security capabilities. zSecure also provides integration with new support for Guardium, DB2, IMS.
IBM Security zSecure 2.1 was co-announced with z/OS V2R1 on July 23, 2013 and became generally available on September 6, 2013.
On October 1, 2013 IBM has announced a number of new product releases in the information management area with a planned availability date of October 25, 2013, including IBM DB2 11 for z/OS, IBM Information Management System (IMS) 13, and IBM InfoSphere Guardium 9.1.
The Vulnerability Assessment module of IBM InfoSphere Guardium 9.1 will deliver over 60 new tests based on IBM Security zSecure Audit 2.1 analysis of DB2 security. For the set-up to pass the results from the zSecure Audit analysis to Guardium, zSecure shipped an enabling PTF on October 22, 2013. The IBM Security zSecure 2.1 base release already contains some enablement for DB2 11. Additional currency support is planned for a November 8, 2013 PTF. Currency for IMS 13 will be provided at that time as well. Additional details will be provided via this channel when the PTFs become available.
As always, questions can be posted on the zSecure forum on developerWorks. You can also visit the zSecure community and wiki.
Learn more about new mainframe security capabilities at IBM Information on Demand 2013 event & at the System z Security Announcements page.