Mainframes tend to be more secure than most technologies. They have limited external exposure, buried deep inside secured data centers, and typically have their own security controls. There may also be many layers between the mainframe hardware and connection to the internet. Despite the layers of protection, however, mainframes, like most technologies, can be hacked.
X-Force® Red Mainframe Testing helps organizations identify and fix security vulnerabilities exposing their mainframe hardware and software. The service includes testing user segments to find out if nonprivileged users can leverage controls on the network and gain access to mainframe session data or credentials, similar to the way in which attackers would compromise a mainframe. It also includes exploiting identified vulnerabilities using, for example, Job Control Language, and escalating privileges. X-Force Red hackers can perform advanced mainframe application testing, user control testing, password sprays to identify weak passwords and more.