IBM zERT Network Analyzer

IBM® zERT (z/OS® Encryption Readiness Technology) Network Analyzer is a web-based graphical user interface that z/OS network security administrators can use to analyze and report on data reported in zERT Summary records.

z/OS V2R3 Communications Server introduced a new feature called z/OS Encryption Readiness Technology (zERT). zERT positions the TCP/IP stack to act as a focal point for collecting and reporting the cryptographic security attributes of IPv4 and IPv6 TCP and Enterprise Extender (EE) connection traffic that is protected using the TLS/SSL, SSH and IPSec cryptographic network security protocols. Connection data is written to z/OS System Management Facility (SMF) in two new SMF type 119 records:
  • zERT Connection Detail (subtype 11) records are written on a per-connection basis to record the cryptographic protection history of a given TCP or EE connection.
  • zERT Summary (subtype 12) records are written on a per-security-session basis at the end of each SMF interval to summarize the repeated use of security sessions during the interval.
A new z/OS Management Facility (z/OSMF) plug-in named IBM zERT Network Analyzer is available with z/OSMF V2R4. IBM zERT Network Analyzer is a web-based graphical user interface that z/OS network security administrators can use to analyze and report on data reported in zERT Summary records.

To get a quick start with IBM zERT Network Analyzer, see IBM zERT Network Analyzer tutorial.

For video resources ofIBM zERT Network Analyzer, see zERT video gallery.

Dependency:
  • The IBM zERT Network Analyzer task requires either Db2® 11 for z/OS or Db2 12 for z/OS.
Table 1. IBM zERT Network Analyzer
Task/Procedure Reference
Enable collection of zERT Summary (SMF Type 119 subtype 12) SMF records
  • Enable zERT Aggregation function by specifying the GLOBALCONFIG ZERT AGGREGATION statement.
  • Enable a longer interval at which the SMF 119 subtype 12 (zERT summary) records are created by using the INTVAL sub-parameter of the ZERT AGGregation statement.
  • Display zERT aggregation INTVAL or SYNCVAL configuration settings.
  • Direct zERT to write the zERT Summary SMF records to the System Management Facility (SMF) by specifying the SMFCONFIG TYPE119 ZERTSUMMARY statement.
  • Enable the recording of type 119 records, and optionally define the SMF interval duration, in your SMF parmlib member.
Dump the collected zERT Summary records to a sequential data set using the IFASMFDP or IFASMFDL program
  • Use IFASMFDP for SMF data sets
  • Use IFASMFDL for SMF log streams
z/OS MVS System Management Facilities (SMF)
Enable the IBM zERT Network Analyzer plug-in in z/OSMF by adding ZERT_ANALYZER to the PLUGINS statement. IZUPRMxx reference information in IBM z/OS Management Facility Configuration Guide
Authorize the user IDs that will be using IBM zERT Network Analyzer Updating z/OS for the IBM zERT Network Analyzer plug-in in IBM z/OS Management Facility Configuration Guide
Create the proper Db2 for z/OS database definitions to use with IBM zERT Network Analyzer Updating z/OS for the IBM zERT Network Analyzer plug-in in IBM z/OS Management Facility Configuration Guide
Start the z/OSMF IBM zERT Network Analyzer plug-in Analysis category under the IBM z/OS Management Facility online help
Import the dumped zERT SMF Summary records into IBM zERT Network Analyzer IBM zERT Network Analyzer online help, Analysis category under the IBM z/OS Management Facility online help
Analyze the imported zERT Summary data using IBM zERT Network Analyzer query and reporting functions IBM zERT Network Analyzer online help, Analysis category under the IBM z/OS Management Facility online help