The mainframe computer - a platform impossible to hack?
The perception that common security threats do not apply to mainframes is a false myth. It's true that mainframes can be extremely secure, but they are not by default. Multiple pitfalls can compromise the security of the platform if overlooked.
Mainframe computers play a central role in daily operations of many banks, finance institutions, travel and insurance companies, governments, health care but also public and private enterprises. They continue to be the foundation of modern businesses, since they contain valuable data such as customer lists, accounting data, employee information, money, and more. Information that needs to be managed securely and made available to a huge number of authorized users simultaneously.
How to secure your mainframe
Mainframes are incredibly securable, but are not impenetrable by default. As with any complex infrastructure, there are many pitfalls that a malicious user could exploit to escalate their privileges and mine business uptime, resources and data.
To increase the understanding of what it takes to secure your mainframe computers, we can work with different approaches:
1. Mainframe Security Health Check or Penetration Test
A security health check or penetration test focusing on mainframe from the attacker point of view.
2. Monitoring the platform
Take advantage of the monitoring solution already in place in the platform, such as SMF and syslog.
3. Implement a SOC
Integrate additional solutions such as monitoring products and detection with a mainframe SOC.
Truesec have deep insights in the security world of mainframes are at highest level, having employees that are recognized for being one of very few people in the world on that level. There are just a few people in the world doing research and creating tools for mainframe security testing. Davide Girardi is one of them. On daily basis, he tests and help secure systems of banks, financial institutions, state agencies, telecom providers, high-tech companies, insurances, and Fortune 500 companies. Let him guide you!
Make sure your mainframe is secured, contact Truesec for more information on a suitable solution for your specific needs.