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Protect data, automate compliance and reduce costs and risk

Organizations deploying on premise mainframes, like IBM's z Systems, have data protection built in; yet even mainframe environments need protection against advanced and sophisticated threats. Guardium Data Protection for z/OS automates data discovery and classification, real-time activity monitoring, and machine learning analytics to discover unusual activity in your most sensitive z/OS databases. It feeds alerts to security information and event management (SIEM) solutions for correlating threat activities to help streamline response. You can also proactively assess vulnerabilities and misconfigurations in your DB2z, IMS, and Data Sets.

How customers use it

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    Address mainframe data security challenges


    Data is dynamic, distributed, and in demand—and databases hold some of your organization’s most sensitive data. Native logging approaches to support security and compliance can be operationally complex and don’t ensure data confidentiality.


    IBM Security Guardium Data Protection for z/OS provides complete visibility into all transactions in DB2z, IMS and Data Sets and protocols by users, including database administrators, developers, outsourced personnel and applications.

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    Analyze data and gain visibility


    Because data is constantly changing, moving and being accessed by new users, it can be difficult to understand what data you have, how it is being used and by whom. This can put your organization at risk from a security or compliance perspective.


    Guardium Data Protection discovers data and risk, identifies application users making unauthorized changes from common service accounts and provides user and application access monitoring independent of native database logging and audit functions.

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    Protect sensitive data


    Insider threat and external attacks pose dangers to data, but traditional approaches can’t enforce separation of duties, recognize suspicious activity in real time or help you act. Compliance mandates and potential audits increase complexity.


    Guardium Data Protection enables complete protection for sensitive data via real-time capabilities including monitoring, alerting, blocking and quarantining, along with compliance automation to streamline operations and reduce risk of audit failure.

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    Adapt to changing environments and requirements


    Constantly expanding environments, new platforms, evolving compliance requirements and dynamic users make data protection a complex challenge.


    Guardium Data Protection seamlessly handles changes within your IT environment, enabling you to secure new data sources, expand your deployment, or add new users. This flexible approach helps reduce costs while protecting your most critical assets.

Frequently asked questions

Get answers to the most commonly asked questions about IBM Guardium Data Protection for z/OS.


Getting started with this product

Is Guardium Data Protecton for z/OS easy to implement?

Guardium Data Protection for z/OS is built upon an appliance-based architecture. It’s easy to deploy and scale with your data environment. Schedule a consultation to learn more.

Is the solution easy to learn for new users?

Guardium has many learning resources, such as IBM Security Learning Academy, which includes detailed “how to” videos, various tech talks and webinars available on community sites and Master Skills classes for learning and gaining skills.

What mainframe environments are supported by the solution?

DB2z, IMS and Data Set Virtual Storage Access Method (VSAM) data are protected by Guardium Data Protection for z/OS.


Can the solution help me monitor and protect financial and personal data stored on DB2z and IMS environments?

Guardium Data Protection can help monitor, protect and access risk for any type of financial or personal data, which facilitates organizations address compliance with regulations such as PCI, SOX, GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, LGPD and more.

Can Guardium Data Protection for z/OS help me access vulnerabilities in my DB2z mainframe environment?

Guardium Vulnerability Assessment for DB2z can help identify any vulnerabilities in your DB2z environment, related to privileges, security related missing patches or fixes, APAR’s, and more.

Can Guardium Data Protection for z/OS help me detect data breaches in my environment?

Guardium Data Protection audits and monitors all data activities related to selected data sources. It can help identify breaches through advanced forensics, using its risk spotting and threat analytics capabilities.