The new IBM z14 mainframe: real security for the real world

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Achieving perfect digital security is actually pretty easy. All you need to do is to keep your machine completely isolated from the Internet, or even from other computers. While you’re at it, you should also get rid of any removable storage devices. After all, you can’t break into a house with no doors and windows.

Unfortunately, that’s not how the real world works. All of our data can be accessed through mobile devices, laptops and desktops. Our mortgage information is stored on a computer owned by a lending company, and everything about our cars is in a file at the local garage. And that doesn’t take the cloud into account: our most personal data most likely exists in multiple places around the world. And no matter how good security may be, breaches are an everyday occurrence, from inadvertent losses of data to malware to phishing scams to intentional hacks.

IBM z14 mainframe

While security is important in every walk of life, it is especially critical in the financial industry. That’s where IBM’s z14 has the potential to change the game. As IBM’s Ross Mauri said when the new mainframe was launched in New York, it all comes down to trust. For banks, trust means that money is safe at all times and that all transactional data is kept private. z14 is the most powerful mainframe ever built, and it has the horses to do what banks have long wanted to do: encrypt every transaction at every level. Thanks to its powerful chip architecture, the z14 can process more than 12 billion transactions every day. As a result, for the first time mainframe-based shops can offer blanket security rather than only plugging some of the holes.

z14 is a new platform, but the banking world is already buzzing with excitement because the most secure mainframe ever built is already transforming how financial institutions think about technology and security.

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Jennifer Nelson
Initially a DB2 DBA, I have 18 years experience in the mainframe industry working with DB2 for large mainframe vendors. I have also played the role of a product manager and a product specialist assisting sales with potential and existing customers on DB2 Tools. I hold a BA in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin.
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