Fortifying Your Mainframe Security Strategy in the Age of Big Data

Hi everyone,

If your organization relies on a mainframe that means that, on average, about 70 percent of your mission-critical data is likely housed there. With Big Iron taking on external applications, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the demands of your Big Data strategies, it’s clear that the mainframe is your MVP for day-to-day operations.

In our lead article in this month’s eNewsletter, Big Data expert SyncSort shares results from their recent survey that speak to the need for more comprehensive mainframe security. You wouldn’t send your best player onto the field without the necessary protective gear; likewise, you shouldn’t leave your mainframe vulnerable by excluding it from what should be a comprehensive cyber security plan.

Once upon a time the mainframe was looked at like some impenetrable fortress: a hulk of a machine that reliably handled your critical applications and bulk data processing without much fuss or fanfare. Your security concerns centered on your open systems networks. Today that image of the mainframe as a sort of Terminator character lingers. But in the age of Big Data our interconnected technologies make the mainframe vulnerable. In addition, years spent focusing on protecting our open systems has driven hackers to move to the mainframe as their next entry point for data theft. The “fortress” is going to need some fortification.

InfoSec can help with that.  We offer a suite of products and services to bulk up your security strategy, including our Mainframe Event Acquisition SystemTM (MEASTM), featuring seamless integration with commercial Event Management (EM) and Security Information and Event Management System (SIEM) technologies like McAfee ESM and ePO, HP ArcSight, IBM QRadar, Splunk, Dell SecureWorks, Symantec and others. Protect your mainframe investment with a comprehensive security plan that’s fit to stand up to today’s interconnected technology environment.

Until next time…


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