IBM claims breakthrough in mainframe encryption

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.

Customers of the previous z13 mainframe can take advantage of the new pervasive encryption features by upgrading the operating system and software, but they won’t get the performance boost that the new IBM Z mainframe provides, Perera said.

Of the more than 9-billion data records lost or stolen since 2013, only 4% were encrypted, making the majority of such data vulnerable to organised cybercrime rings, state actors and employees misusing access to sensitive information.

“There is a global epidemic of data theft”.

“The vast majority of stolen or leaked data today is out in the open and easy to use because encryption has been very hard and expensive to do at scale”, said Ross Mauri, general manager, IBM Z.

IBM said its new data encryption capabilities are created to address the global epidemic of data breaches, faster, and at a cheaper cost, with container pricing and other payment possibilities.

The General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR will, among other things, require companies to report breaches within 72 hours or face fines of up to 4 percent of annual revenues – unless the data in question has been encrypted.

According to the company, the IBM Z mainframe is capable of running more than 12 billion encrypted transactions per day, and introduces a “breakthrough encryption engine” that IBM says is capable of pervasively encrypting data associated with any application, cloud service or database all the time.

IBM has unveiled IBM Z, a mainframe capable of running more than 12 billion encrypted transactions per day.

The tamper-responding encryption keys is hardware that makes keys invalid if any sign of intrusion is detected, but can be restored safely. This capability can be extended outside the z14 to storage systems and servers in the cloud.

IBM says the new tech will also help businesses more easily comply with data regulations such as the EU’s GDPR.

A Secure Service Container protects is claimed to protect against insider threats from contractors and privileged users, providing automatic data and code encryption in-flight and at-rest, and tamper-resistance during installation and runtime. IBM Z now allows organizations to encrypt these APIs – the digital glue that links services, applications and systems – almost 3x faster compared to alternatives based on x86 systems.

These solutions work with pervasive encryption to provide comprehensive data security capabilities to protect your information.

Payment systems pricing based on the business metric of payments volume a bank processes, not the available capacity. The systems handle 87pc of all credit card transactions, almost $8trn payments a year and 29bn ATM transactions each year, worth almost $5bn per day.

The world’s largest MongoDB instance with 2,5-times faster NodeJS performance than x86-based platforms.

It’s the latest addition to the company’s established system z range of mainframes, and the most significant repositioning of the technology since IBM embraced Linux and open source on the platform about 15 years ago. There can be up to 32TB of memory, three times the z13 maximum, and its IO is three times faster as well.

1 000 concurrent NoSQL databases. It does this without any software changes or disruption to business applications and operations.

There are some applications that can profit from having one of IBM’s mysterious black monoliths in the data center today.