IBM Z mainframe has built-in encryption to fight 'epidemic of data breaches'

IBM Z mainframe has built-in encryption to fight 'epidemic of data breaches'

IBM Z mainframe has built-in encryption to fight 'epidemic of data breaches'

As Mauri said, even if hackers could somehow get through all of these defenses, the encryption would render the data useless.

Big Blue also said it plans to build six IBM Cloud Blockchain data centers with IBM Z as the encryption engine. "And we're really doing it for the first time at scale, which has not been done up to this point, because it's been incredibly challenging and expensive to do".

Data is encrypted at rest and in flight wherever it resides.

An analysis from Toni Sacconaghi Jr for Bernstein Research says IBM's hardware business is in secular decline, and, while mainframe hardware contributes just 3 per cent of Big Blue's revenues, the overall mainframe platform accounted for almost a quarter of total IBM revenues and an estimated 40 per cent of profits in 2016.

While much of the IT infrastructure conversation today revolves around cloud, mainframes are still a $3 to $4 billion business for IBM, according to the market research firm IDC. Drawing on 21 years' worth of data about security incidents, the researchers concluded that, "Of the breaches and incursions analyzed, they could reduce the threat surface by 92 percent by having pervasive encryption on IBM Z", said Nick Sardino, IBM's program director for offering management, z Systems Growth Initiatives.

The z14 has a scalable system structure that delivers up to a 35 per cent capacity increase for traditional workloads and an up to a 35 per cent capacity increase for Linux workloads compared to the previous generation z13. "With this technology, the whole system in its entirety is".

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Not every business has a security strategy, and it's highly likely that not every business has encrypted its data, but IBM thinks it can solve this problem with its Z mainframe.

IBM Z automates and streamlines security and compliance processes due to deep integration with IBM Security software. IBM said the Z represents the "most significant system overhaul" in more than 15 years.

Beyond the encryption technology, IBM also announced new pricing of containers, or software that allows applications to be run on multiple systems and cloud services, for the IBM Z. The company said the pricing will provide more flexibility enterprise, application development and test, and payment systems at lower cost across data centers and cloud services.

"For quite a long time, people have looked at Intel as a convenient platform, but IBM would love to break that stranglehold and have people take a look at the mainframe", Hurwitz said.

With close to 70 percent of the world's largest businesses - including those in banking, health care, insurance and retail - running on mainframes, IBM z not only increases power and speed to handle enormous transactions, but also introduces pervasive encryption to dramatically improve data protection and regulatory compliance. In addition, data can be encrypted in bulk given improvements in the silicon dedicated to the cryptographic algorithms.

IBM said it co-designed the IBM Z with 150 clients including security experts and chief security officers. "If someone were to get access to the keys, they can't do anything with them", Perera said. Today, the company unveiled the z14, its latest z-Series mainframe, which comes with the considerable draw of full encryption. Those IBM Cloud Blockchain data centers launched in New York, London, Frankfurt, Sao Paolo, Tokyo and Toronto to cater to the financial services sector.

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