In one way, mainframe environments are just like server environments; they are increasingly exposed to the Internet. In a more important way, though, they are different -- they have more complex security requirements than many server systems. Security intelligence -- a single view of threats, automated assistance, deeper experiential insight, and real-time detection -- is the component that allows these two factors to meet and merge into a meaningful solution.
Here are two painlessly short articles that can jumpstart your journey into understanding and implementing an intelligent security policy and mechanism tailored to meet the complex requirements of the mainframe environment:
Part 1 explains security intelligence, outlines the challenges of mainframe security, and details the initial steps to enabling mainframe security intelligence:
- How to enable meaningful insights.
- How to reduce complexities.
- How to detect and prevent exposures.
- How to enable task-oriented operations.
- Part 2 takes you on a quick tour of the IBM approach and tools to help implement mainframe security intelligence. It points to the IBM Security Framework as the guide and QRadar tools to increase visibility and reduce complexity and zSecure and Guardium software to deepen insights.