Welcome to the System z Management Blog, where you can read the perspectives from System z experts. This Blog provides insights into the System z solution, as well as technical details about specific IBM products.
Integration between IBM Security zSecure Audit 1.13.0 and QRadar SIEM 7.0 has become generally available on July 31, 2012.
This integration allows sending z/OS, RACF, ACF2, Top Secret, DB2, and CICS events from the System Management Facilities (SMF) log to QRadar SIEM. zSecure Audit enriches the event data with information from the security database and system snapshot (CKFREEZE) information.
QRadar SIEM is a next-generation Security Information and Event... [More]
Recently got a note from Christopher Walker of the OMEGAMON for CICS on z/OS development team that our colleagues on the CICS Tools team in Hursley recently celebrated a birthday. As an aside, here is something that I was not aware of, the CL/CONFERENCE and CL/SUPERSESSION tools are marked as part of the CICS Tools porfolio. FYI: The CL/CONFERENCE tool provides the capability to transmit the screen image of a VTAM application to others in your network. So, if you are having problems, an authorized member of the support staff can look at... [More]
5655-N23 IBM Security zSecure Administration
5655-N24 IBM Security zSecure Compliance and Auditing
5655-N25 IBM Security zSecure Compliance and Administration
These solutions originally became available on June 1, 2012. You can read the full US announcement letter here .
Contents of the solution packages
IBM Security zSecure Administration V2.1.1 (5655-N23) contains the following components :... [More]
Integration between IBM Security zSecure Alert and QRadar SIEM 7 has become generally available on December 19, 2012. This integration allows forwarding real-time alerts from zSecure Alert to QRadar SIEM through the syslog protocol. zSecure Alert zSecure Alert is the real-time monitor component of the zSecure suite. It can correlate events and send out real-time alerts through e-mail, text message, Write To Operator console messages, SNMP traps, or syslog receiver events. It also integrates capabilities for data analysis and enrichment that... [More]
IBM Security zSecure 1.13 has become generally available today (11/11/11). Notable features include: * automatically detecting active CICS and IMS regions and reporting on those, with a focus on reporting on transactions and programs * ability to annotate user ID displays with data from external files (e.g. human resources data) * enhancements to the zSecure Admin Access Monitor component introduced in 1.11, allowing collection of additional detail as well as better and faster consolidation This release provides currency with z/OS V1R13 as... [More]
Here is a quick introduction to IBM Security zSecure.
In a word
The IBM Security zSecure suite helps secure your mainframe. It provides cost-effective security administration, improves service by detecting threats, and reduces risk with automated audit and compliance reporting. Most of the product offerings run on z/OS; zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM is an offering for the z/VM operating system. For administrators who are less mainframe minded zSecure Visual provides a Microsoft Windows front-end. For... [More]
Application High Availability in a Heterogeneous Environment Many solutions today have services and applications that execute on different hardware and software. This makes it difficult to control and automate each component to improve availability, reduce overall solution risk and decrease operations workload. Are you trying to manage both distributed and mainframe environments as one? Does the requirement for 24/7 availability keep you up at night? Join us for this complimentary teleconference to learn how IBM Tivoli® System Automation... [More]
Hi, all, It's May 24, and today we're very pleased to announce NetView for z/OS V6.1, a release that was designed, developed and tested with customers to deliver the value and capabilities that customers have asked for and need. And it's not just a new release, but a new version -- Version 6, continuing NetView's long tradition of delivering rock-solid value to customers through powerful network and system management capabilities. Here are just a few of the highlights of this new release. Expanded logging and log browsing There's a wealth of... [More]
IBM Security zSecure 1.13.1 has become generally available on 10/26/2012.
Notable features include:
* automatically detecting active DB2 regions and reporting on those, with a focus on tables, views, plans, and packages, analyzing both RACF and DB2 internal security
* comparison capabilities throughout the UI to highlight differences between databases and system snapshots
* ability to define security standards and report compliance with regards to those
* enhancements to the zSecure... [More]
IBM Security zSecure 2.1 has become generally available on 09/06/2013. You can read the US announcement letter here .
Notable features include:
* a user interface to ease rule-based compliance reporting against standards such as DISA-STIG (the Security Technical Implementation Guide from the Defense Information Systems Agency) and GSD331/ISeC (a global services document with security controls documentation from IBM).
*automatic collection of DB2 catalog resource data including databases, table spaces,... [More]
Information about two upcoming webcasts about z/OS 1.13 To register: http://events.unisfair.com/rt/ibm~zosr13value ====================================== PART 1 - What's new with z/OS and z/OS Management Facility Version 1 Release 13, and more! SPEAKER: Gita Grube Berg, IBM Server Technology Group Marketing TUESDAY November 15, 2011, 11AM(ET) z/OS® and z/OS Management Facility Version 1 Release 13 provides significant value to your business by delivering new performance, programming, and operational improvements for your z/OS workloads.... [More]
IBM Security zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM 1.11.1 has become generally available on June 15, 2012.
Notable features include:
* coverage of minidisks and real devices in dedicated new report types VM_MDISK and VM_DEV, available from menu options RE.V.M and RE.V.RD.
* exploitation of a security API provided in z/VM V6R2 by RACF, which adds a number of reports and options that were only available under z/OS before, e.g.
- substantial extensions to menu option AU.S - RACF control: many new and enhanced... [More]
Version 3.0 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) has become available on November 7, 2013 . Updates to IBM Sec u rit y zS e cur e 2 . 1 to extend the Compliance Testing Framework with PCI-DSS support have become available on November 22, 2013. A PCI-DSS option has been added to the rule-based auditing (AU.R) part of the User Interface. A data classification member has been added to the site customization to declare the presence of primary account numbers or sensitive authentication data,... [More]
Hi community, this is a quick overview of what IBM is offering for automation on the mainframe. Tivoli System Automation for z/OS IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS (SA z/OS) is a NetView-based application designed to provide a single point of control for a full range of systems management functions. SA z/OS plays a key role in supplying high-end automation solutions. SA z/OS functions include monitoring, controlling and automating a large range of system elements spanning both the hardware and software resources of your enterprise. It is... [More]
Integration between IBM Security zSecure Audit 2.1 and IBM InfoSphere Guardium 9.1 is set to be available on October 25, 2013.
zSecure Audit analyzes the protection of DB2 objects by RACF and internal security and makes these available to Guardium. Guardium includes new entitlement reports and delivers over 60 new vulnerability tests.
Mainframes continue to be the home for mission critical information and essential business production applications in many organizations due... [More]