Seventy-eight percent of CIOs say the mainframe is the most securable platform in an enterprise*, but that doesn’t make it invincible. Increasing digital demands requiring cross-platform collaboration is revealing mainframe cybersecurity “blind spots” that introduce new risk to the following areas:
Re-securing these areas is more complicated than reinforcing conventional mainframe cybersecurity practices like collecting SMF data and other disparate logs to “get a feel” for what’s going on. To truly improve mainframe cybersecurity, you need modern tools designed to thwart modern threats that are taking advantage of blind spots evolving out of the digital age. Compuware offers a range of cybersecurity solutions to help.
Use Application Audit to capture mainframe session activity from the end user’s perspective, helping you see which data is being viewed, who is viewing it when and where, and the application through which they’ve gained access.
Application Audit feeds mainframe user data to SIEM engines like Splunk® and QRadar®, either directly or in combination with CorreLog® zDefenderTM for z/OS or Syncsort Ironstream®, enabling you to correlate user behaviors across platforms.
Application Audit’s intuitive web interface allows mainframe-inexperienced security personnel to easily set session recording parameters, enable mainframe intelligence to be integrated with popular SIEM engines and review activities. This deconstructs the silo in which a handful of super users oversees mainframe cybersecurity using an outdated toolset that requires esoteric knowledge of special code and commands.
Compuware’s Test Data Privacy solution through File-AID helps you establish consistency with mainframe cybersecurity practices such as test data masking and obfuscation. This makes it easy to enforce adherence to a set of data protection policies in your mainframe environment, combatting neglect of those key areas.
Topaz for Total Test automates the creation and execution of unit tests, enabling your developers to scrutinize and correct issues in the small parts of programs ahead of future testing and production. Setting a foundation of unit tests reduces the likelihood of future vulnerabilities, strengthening security.
*Findings from an April 2017 survey of 400 CIOs at large companies across vertical markets in both Europe and the U.S. commissioned by Compuware and conducted by independent research company Vanson Bourne.