Increasing demand from today’s employees for a flexible experience that affords them the option to use the mobile technology of their choosing has disrupted traditional approaches to IT management and security.As a first response, it’s not uncommon for companies to launch brin
Join guest speaker, Forrester Senior Analyst Chris Sherman, and IBM MaaS360 portfolio marketing leader, Jonathan Dale as they share best practices for securing and empowering your mobile workforce.
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Rolling out large enterprise software across any organization requires a smart infrastructure plan and an eye towards future scalability if the deployment is going to be a success. With IBM BigFix Software, there are some specific challenges that need to be met when designing a deployment from a performance perspective. Here is how one team within IBM faced a performance challenge and solved it using a smart infrastructure plan.
Read the full paper by authors Shaun T. Kelley and Mark Leitch:
Shadow IT refers to the information technology solutions used inside an organization without the explicit approval of the organization. In recent years, the advent of cloud computing has made it easier for employees to circumvent IT department and use a variety of cloud applications without the knowledge or approval of the organization. Despite the high visibility of recent data breaches, most employees still choose to use cloud services to be able to do their job more efficiently. In a study conducted by IBM Security, it was found that 1 in every 3 Fortune 1000 employees regularly saves and shares company data to third- party cloud-based platforms that are not explicitly approved by their organization . This figure is expected to increase as the workplace demographic starts to change and millennials who are greater users of cloud applications  make up more and more of the workforce.
It provides security intelligence and analytics improvements:
* a near real-time SMF event feed to IBM Security QRadar SIEM
* a zSecure Admin Access Monitor feed to zSecure Alert
* performance and scalability improvements
It extends support for these security standards:
* Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) 6.29
* Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) 3.2
It provides currency support for:
* CA-ACF2 16 and CA-Top Secret 16
* MQ 9
* Service stream security enhancements for z/OS and RACF
Details can be found on Service Management Connect - System z in this blog entry by Jeroen Tiggelman.
In this tech note, the authors' purpose is to provide best practices on the topic of enabling DB2 native encryption in an HADR environment. Additionally, the note provides a simplified set of working steps, with examples. These steps are designed to minimize the downtime at the database service.
z/VM V6R4 was announced on October 25, 2016 with a planned availability date of November 11, 2016.
A summary of the toleration fixes that have been made available for zSecure can be found on the Service Management Connect - System z blog.
They apply to zSecure Manager for RACF z/VM 1.11.1 and 1.11.2, and to zSecure for z/OS 2.1.0, 2.1.1, and 2.2.0.
In an exci
Be sure to check out presentations from Dave Stewart and Eitan Worcel on Tuesday, November 15th at 11:00am ET.
In this live webinar, you will learn how you can:
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In his new article, Yang Qi demonstrates how you can apply the Node.js application ot the new enhancements of the Auto-Scaling for Bluemix® service.
So what does this mean for security enthusiasts? It means that you can actually improve the elasticity of your applications with the features on the Auto-Scaling service. It means that you can customize your policy and automatically increase or decrease the CPU threshold, thus maintaining a healthy condition without wasting resources.
This tutorial also shows you just how easy it is to utilize the new metric types, heap and throughput.
Check out the article today!
The TRS Q3 cash payment recipients have just been announced. A huge congratulations to these Security contributors who have been recognized:
by Nandkishor V Gitte and Joseph Fitterer
This workbook contains a series of lab exercises to introduce you to JK Enterprises, which uses the features of IBM Security Identity Manager virtual appliance 18.104.22.168.
The objective of the lab exercises is to provide you with hands-on experience with the configuration and operation of IBM Security Identity Manager 22.214.171.124.
The workbook is designed to complement the presentations that cover each of the features. More detailed information on IBM Security Identity Manager 126.96.36.199 features and functions are found in these presentations. More information is also available in the product documentation on IBM Knowledge Center.
We've all been hearing more and more about BigFix®. If you're an IBM BigFix administrator, you'll want to read on. (Even if you're not, you'll find this interesting!). Here, we have an article from Marco Mattia where he outlines Virtual Relays and the instructions on how to use the this feature. You'll learn the benefits and advantages as well to using a BigFix Virtual Relay.
Check out the PDF links below. Happy reading!
Ever experienced a situation like this image of numerous tests and heavy server load? Minimize time wasted on "noise."
Common false positives waste developers' time and energy--with this new tutorial by by Akash Shetty and others, you can root out those common problems.
IBM Security AppScan® is an automated web application security assessment tool that identifies prominent security vulnerabilities, including OWASP Top Ten and SANS 25 vulnerabilities. The tool also provides detailed reports on security issues along with advisory and fix recommendations. With the help of this tutorial, AppScan users can significantly reduce the number of false positives reported.
We have a new tutorial up on the Security hub: "Ass
In this tutorial, author Madhusudhan Rajappa shows you an effective way of conducting a vulnerability assessment of the web applications and network of any organization. This tutorial also shows how to proactively defend the organization from cyber attacks by using a combination of enterprise-grade and trustworthy vulnerability scanners. The scanners that will be discussed in this tutorial are the Tenable™ Nessus® Scanner and the IBM AppScan® Enterprise. Read
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"I’d like to share some information about a TRS dW Content challenge option that we don’t see many of you taking: developerWorks Recipes.
Creating a dW Recipe is one of the fastest and easiest choices in the TRS program to both contribute technical content AND possibly earn a cash payment.
dW Recipes help developers solve specific problems using IBM products and services. Your Recipe should help developers create something useful, walking them through each part of the process."
Try it today, in three simple steps!
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In this blog post, Mark Leitch demonstrates the BigFix® Query capability and the topology "power" of the infrastructure.
IBM BigFix is a powerful security product able to manage hundreds of thousands of endpoints. BigFix has recently delivered the BigFix Query capability, offering more insight and control over your business. We will give an introduction to BigFix Query, and then demonstrate how it leverages the time tested and field proven BigFix infrastructure to provide impressive results at scale! To read more about this topic, read the blog post in full here:
Subject matter experts will be available to answer your questions, which you can ask through web chat during the presentation. You can also submit them in advance at this URL.
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This integration also applies to the zSecure Adapters for QRadar SIEM. The complementary integration with zSecure Alert will be briefly mentioned.
This SSE for zSecure 2.2 provides the following benefits:
- filter commands to quickly zoom in to records of interest
- fast navigation to jump to RACF user and group details
- quick admin capability for TSO and UNIX properties
- enhanced e-mail configuration
- ability to configure large buffers 'above the bar' (64-bit exploitation)
These changes apply to one or more of the following components: zSecure Admin, zSecure Audit, and zSecure Alert.
Details can be found in this blog entry by Jeroen Tiggelman on the Service Management Connect - System z blog.
In this lab configuration guide, authors Smita Kale, Bosko (Boli) Popovic and Vladimir Jeremic walk you through how to set up the lab environment when demonstrating an integration use case.
The IBM Security products that are used to manage user activity on the network video focuses on using IBM XGS, Identity Manager, and Directory Integrator to control user access. The video is available at: http
The Lab Configuration Guide describes the configuration settings necessary for each of the IBM products used in the scenario that is demonstrated in the video. The video assumes that the initial setup was performed for the XGS, Identity Manager, and Directory Integrator products. This guide describes the configuration sets needed to enable the product integration for delivering the end user experience described in the video.
The configuration files needed for Identity Manager are also included, as well as the custom XGS adapter in a .jar package. All assembly lines are included.
To view the full Lab Configuration Guide, click here:
Check out this article from authors Jia Li Chen, Wei Wei Zhang, and Cheng-Yu Yu on how to retrieve deleted templates in AppScan.
In AppScan Enterprise, there are 14 default scan templates installed within the product. However, users may delete default templates in the console by mistake. Learn two methods to retrieve default templates in AppScan Enterprise.
An expert panel will host a Q&A session on all things Cognitive Security and Watson for Cyber Security.
The hangout starts today at 1:30-2:30 pm ET.
BigFix® customers are medium- and large- sized companies that use the product to manage mostly software and security of a certain amount of computers (that amount may vary from dozens to tens of thousands). Many of these customers requested a way to quickly collect information from their environments because BigFix has not been natively built to provide high response times, but rather, persistence and effectiveness. In the first quarter of 2016, the BigFix Rome development team worked on a solution that was able to fulfill these requests; this solution is BigFix Query. Read the tutorial here.
On October 1, 2015 IBM issued a Statement of Direction about providing 64-bit addressing support in IBM Security zSecure. This support has now become available as a Service Stream Enhancement (SSE) to zSecure 2.2.0.
64-bit addressing allows the use of memory above the 2GB "bar" implied by addresses consisting of only 31 bits. Besides allowing the program to store and retrieve larger amounts of data, this also frees up memory "below the bar" that can be used by (other) 31-bit addressing programs.
Typical functions in zSecure that benefit from having a lot of memory available include
- processing very large numbers of events from the SMF event log, e.g. as sent on to IBM Security QRadar SIEM;
- analyzing data for many security databases and LPARs at the same time;
- rule-based compliance analysis based on many underlying technical reports;
- analyzing large intervals (possibly a year or more) of access use data, e.g. to identify obsolete permissions.
The SSE also includes enhancements to 31-bit addressing support. Details can be found in this blog entry by Jeroen Tiggelman on the Service Management Connect - System z blog.
The changes apply to all components of zSecure for z/OS except for zSecure CICS Toolkit and zSecure Command Verifier. For the full benefits a z196 or newer hardware is required.
If you haven't already, watch videos from the IBM Security Summit. Highlights include a presentation by Ginny Rometty on the future of cognitive security.
What if you could build your own authorization proxy that could receive requests and check if they are authorized? It would mean that you could be in greater control of authorization. Read the tutorial on this fairly easy method of creating your own fine-grained authorization if you are not satisfied with your SaaS's authorization checks.
IBM Security Guardium® now has several enhancements that became available on June 3, 2016.
Among the enhancements for V10.1 are:
Read the tutorial for full details.
The figure below is just one of the new enhancements for this release, where administrators are able to see at a glance if there are issues in their managed environment and address them before they get worse.
Watch the tech talk here, which outlines the updates and enhancements.
You can also receive updates to IBM Guardium by signing up for the IBM
So many of us use mobile devices in our day-to-day lives; from business to personal, mobile security is an important topic to ensure that we can safely use our phones, tablets, and more. The ease and convenience of mobile devices comes a great cost:
"...mobility comes with a greater number of security risks and concerns than expected...and more IT resources are required to support the increased number of devices and applications."
This report is an anonymous survey and the findings show how mobile devices have changed security, how businesses are changing the ways that they work, and how they're trying to protect their data.
On February 16, 2016 IBM announced authentication enhancements for z Systems, including a new product IBM Multi-Factor Authentication for z/OS (5655-162), with a planned availability date of March 25, 2016.
IBM z/OS Security Server Resource Access Control Facility (RACF) provided enabling infrastructure updates for z/OS V2R1 and V2R2.
IBM Security zSecure suite provided supporting updates for zSecure 2.1, 2.1.1, and 2.2.
Multi-Factor Authentication raises the level of assurance of mission-critical systems by requiring authentication with multiple factors during the logon process.
Each authentication factor must be from a separate category of credential types:
1) Something you know (e.g. a password or PIN code),
2) Something you have (e.g. an ID badge or a cryptographic key),
3) Something you are (e.g. a fingerprint or other biometric data).
More details can be located through this blog entry by Jeroen Tiggelman on the Service Management Connect - System z blog.
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Exciting news out of the #IBMSecuritySummit that signifies our journey into the era of #CognitiveSecurity – Watson for Cyber Security is a new version of Watson trained in the language of security and delivered via the IBM Cloud. http
Read the blog post over at IBM Security at http
You can read more about Cognitive Security here.
An assessment of recent data from IBM Managed Security Services (IBM MSS) reveals some interesting findings about attack vectors that don’t make headlines anymore: "Footprinting and Password Brute Force Attack Patterning."
IBM Security Guardium® leads the way in providing a monitoring and auditing solution for NoSQL database systems. In this article by Kathryn Zeidenstein and Sundari Voruganti, the authors provide an overview of one popular NoSQL database, Apache Cassandra, and explain how and why Guardium can help organizations protect Cassandra data and automate compliance reporting and sign-offs. This article includes detailed instructions and a sample security policy to help you configure Guardium and extract value immediately.