It's been a whirlwind this past year for me as I managed the developerWorks Security hub. As we close out 2017, I thought I'd post here on all the stuff you might have missed out on:
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It provides currency support for z/OS 2.3 and RACF:
* policies for pervasive encryption of data with key labels
* connection protection with z Encryption Readiness Technology (zERT)
* extended reporting for Integrated Cryptographic Services Facility
* extended multi-factor authentication (MFA) options
It extends security intelligence and analytics capabilities:
* a zSecure Alert feed to HPE Security ArcSight
* a zSecure Admin Access Monitor feed to IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems
It provides currency support for:
* Db2 12
* Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) 6.31
Details can be found on the Service Management Connect - System z blog
in this blog entry by Jeroen Tiggelman.
JSON Web Tokens (JWTs) are a popular option in the authentication space, but there are some inherent risks. While you gain flexibility by using a JWT, you lose the ability to revoke a token once it’s issued. To minimize the time between an administrator locking a user account and the time at which a previously issued token expires, the JWT should be short lived. This time window, while designed to be brief is a common security concern. Traditional solutions to this problem defeat the benefits of using a portable identity. Inversoft has come up with a novel way to solve this issue in a complementary method. Brian Pontarelli will cover how to implement this JWT revoke strategy to reduce the vulnerability window.
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The different options within Bluemix bear diverse requirements to the authentication of users. This new article explains the various possibilities on how Bluemix users are managed and authenticated. The authentication covered in this article focuses on users of the Bluemix platform, i.e., developers, administrators, or operators. Applications running on top of Bluemix can use any authentication method that is appropriate for the application’s purpose.
Jeroen Tiggelman posted a sum
The new checks are centered around CA-ACF2 data set related controls.
An overview of all available compliance controls can be found in an updated technote.
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Latest in dW Security: Play in the brand new sandbox and create a machine-learning, security front end
If you haven't checked it out yet, make sure to read the two newest articles on developerWorks Security:
Another tutorial we recently published, Crea
This provides service for new DB2 region security settings, new SMF log event records, and a new DB2 object privilege.
You can find technical details on the Service Management Connect - System z blog, in this entry.
The IBM Security zSecure team published a service stream enhancement (SSE) providing this Access Monitor data feed on March 30, 2017.
The IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems team published Insight Pack 3 providing the capability to interpret the data feed on March 29, 2017.
Technical details can be found in this blog entry by Jeroen Tiggelman on the Service Management Connect - System z blog.
In this new tutorial, the Guardium team describes how you can audit and keep track of privileged users and how they might be compromised. This tutorial combines the power of Guardium with IBM Security Privileged Identity Manager so that you can start building a secure immune system.
You'll learn the benefits of fusing Guardium with PIM, the solution architecture, and how you can enhance reports with data configured from PIM.
I'm happy to announce that we have just published a new article regarding the new function AppScan Standard integrated with Application Security on Cloud.AppScan Standard 220.127.116.11 can integrate with Application Security on Cloud (ASoC). It is now possible to upload scans and templates (SCAN or SCANT files) to Application Security on Cloud to run scans.This article will introduce how to configure and run a scan in AppScan Standard to Application Security on Cloud.
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.
You will learn:
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.
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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: