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Ensuring Mainframe Security in Dynamic Times

Ensuring Mainframe Security in Dynamic Times


Supply chain security has gained focus in the wake of the 2019 SolarWinds attack. A combination of robust perimeter controls and role-based access control with tools such as RACF, ACF2, and Top Secret have long been a security focus in many mainframe deployments, but this legacy viewpoint has arguably reached the end of the road. We see a need for enhanced security measures that go beyond traditional approaches and extend further into the architecture of the data.

The concept of file integrity has become paramount yet implementing effective measures while ensuring smooth continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines in a DevSecOps environment is an intricate task. Additionally, the threat of ransomware looms large, with malicious actors increasingly targeting these systems to encrypt mission-critical data, thereby amplifying both the risk and the potential impact. Addressing mainframe ransomware threats and other challenges necessitates a multifaceted approach that combines robust encryption, real-time monitoring, and proactive defense mechanisms, all while maintaining operational agility.

In our latest research brief, Ensuring Mainframe Security in Dynamic Times, developed in partnership with MainTegrity, we look at how to ensure file integrity on mainframes and reduce mainframe ransomware threats where organizations’ most important data lives.

This paper provides details about:

  • How the rise in cyberattacks impacts file integrity
  • Why traditional approaches cannot ensure smooth CI/CD pipelines in a DevSecOps environment
  • How MainTegrity FIM+ can help
  • Recommendations for driving mainframe security

Mainframe ransomware threats and other modern threats to mainframes not only endanger data integrity but also inflict severe financial and reputational damage. To learn more about how you can protect your data, download your copy of our Ensuring Mainframe Security in Dynamic Times report today.

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Regarded as a luminary at the intersection of technology and business transformation, Steven Dickens is the Vice President and Practice Leader for Hybrid Cloud, Infrastructure, and Operations at The Futurum Group. With a distinguished track record as a Forbes contributor and a ranking among the Top 10 Analysts by ARInsights, Steven's unique vantage point enables him to chart the nexus between emergent technologies and disruptive innovation, offering unparalleled insights for global enterprises.

Steven's expertise spans a broad spectrum of technologies that drive modern enterprises. Notable among these are open source, hybrid cloud, mission-critical infrastructure, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and FinTech innovation. His work is foundational in aligning the strategic imperatives of C-suite executives with the practical needs of end users and technology practitioners, serving as a catalyst for optimizing the return on technology investments.

Over the years, Steven has been an integral part of industry behemoths including Broadcom, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and IBM. His exceptional ability to pioneer multi-hundred-million-dollar products and to lead global sales teams with revenues in the same echelon has consistently demonstrated his capability for high-impact leadership.

Steven serves as a thought leader in various technology consortiums. He was a founding board member and former Chairperson of the Open Mainframe Project, under the aegis of the Linux Foundation. His role as a Board Advisor continues to shape the advocacy for open source implementations of mainframe technologies.

Dave’s focus within The Futurum Group is concentrated in the rapidly evolving integrated infrastructure and cloud storage markets. Before joining the Evaluator Group, Dave spent 25 years as a technology journalist and covered enterprise storage for more than 15 years. He most recently worked for 13 years at TechTarget as Editorial Director and Executive News Editor for storage, data protection and converged infrastructure. In 2020, Dave won an American Society of Business Professional Editors (ASBPE) national award for column writing.

His previous jobs covering technology include news editor at Byte and Switch, managing editor of EdTech Magazine, and features and new products editor at Windows Magazine. Before turning to technology, he was an editor and sports reporter for United Press International in New York for 12 years. A New Jersey native, Dave currently lives in northern Virginia.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism from William Patterson University.

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