• May 25, 2020
Security

Introducing IBM Z MFA v2.1 and its z/VM support

Secure authentication to critical IT infrastructure is paramount. Multi factor authentication is a critical improvement over legacy userid and password technology. The introduction of the IBM Z Multi-Factor Authentication V2.1 product enables the IBM z/VM operating system to benefit from this security improvement.  With a larger remote workforce, it is paramount that all systems are […]

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Password Security: Single Factor, 2FA and Multi-Factor Authentication

On May 7, IT and technology businesses around the world celebrated World Password Day, a day meant to remind everyone of the importance of keeping personal and business data protected and secure. Unfortunately, surveys released on that day revealed that the changing dynamics of work—that is, the increase of remote workers—are putting password security in […]

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Adapting to the new normal: Remote work and the mainframe

Work from home has become an essential business proposition and it’s not just for today. It’s something that we’re going to live with for many years. As a result, we need to rethink how we’re connecting to the mainframe today. Accessing the mainframe First things first, a connection is necessary. Rocket BlueZone Web 3270 emulator. […]

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“Set it and forget it” should not be your approach to cybersecurity

As the world turns to remote working in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, cybersecurity is becoming a hot topic. Many businesses were forced to adapt quickly to remote work, without a security plan in place. Other businesses were already set up for remote work, but with an uncertain timeline, some aspects of cybersecurity may […]

Reducing Shadow IT Through Digital Transformation

All businesses today have a hybrid IT environment. They pay for collections of servers,  be they UNIX servers, Windows servers, cloud servers or mainframe servers. Other IT spending includes mobile,  desktop and end-user devices. In many cases, those budgets might be by server domain, so the mainframe budget is separate and independent of the rest […]

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The power of terminal emulation in 2018: simplifying security, facilitating compliance

While organizations have been using terminal emulation on mainframes for 30+ years, the tech landscape has certainly changed around them. The good news is that terminal emulators have evolved dramatically as well. Suffice it to say that for many large organizations, mainframes continue to be a very secure and viable option for running mission-critical programs […]

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Multi-factor authentication: protecting your data in the cloud

IBM just announced that its new z13 and z13s systems are optimized for the hybrid cloud. This is a good thing, but every time someone utters the word “cloud,” the same issue gets raised: how can data be secure in the cloud? As a mainframe security professional, I think about this problem a lot. I […]

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Live from IBM Insight2015: Security and compliance in a cloud-driven world

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, security is one of the hottest topics when it comes to connected services and data. Attendees of IBM Insight2015 (#ibminsight) have had the opportunity to learn how IBM and their partners, such as Rocket Software, are delivering security and compliance to their customers […]

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InterConnect breakout sessions: What’s happening with IoT, mobile, and security?

During my visit to IBM’s InterConnect this week I attended many events, connected with customers and learned a lot about the present and future of the IT industry. Apart from the keynotes that I watched and blogged about earlier, I also made sure to join many of the Breakout Sessions offered. Breakout sessions were typically […]

Vermeer goes in here–can technology help end art theft?

Last week while participating in our Rocket Leadership Summit, I was able to sneak out and visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the world’s largest private collection of art. The museum is located in a building Isabella designed to resemble a Venetian palace, complete with a lovely courtyard garden.  She was a visionary and determined […]