Secure The Enterprise With Confidence Using A Mainframe Infrastructure
Ninety-seven percent of executives surveyed saidthat information securityis highly critical to theircompany’s ability tocompete in their marketor industry.Eighty-seven percent of research participantsrecognized the mainframeas their most available,scalable, and secureplatform.
The explosive increase in cyberthreats poses an increasingly daunting challenge tothe confidentiality, integrity, and availability of intellectual property and othersensitive information. Conflicting opinions about operational risk, myriad pointsolutions for security technology, and dissimilar computing infrastructures create apuzzling landscape for security and risk professionals. To assess the market,Forrester Consulting interviewed 225 IT security leaders across North America andWestern Europe about their firm’s information security investments. Roughly 60% of respondents reported revenuesgreater than $5 billion per year; 18% of respondents were in banking, 14% in government, 22% in insurance, 20% inhealthcare, 13% in financial services, and 13% in retail (see Appendix B).
Security executives need secure, proven solutions across a variety of workloads,including traditional transaction processing, mobile, social media, and big data,and they need the security engineered in rather than cobbled together or bolted on.Security is quickly moving from an afterthought to a business and technology imperative for all new and existing IT solutions, but there are challenges ascompanies struggle to meet complicated security requirements across theenterprise. Forrester’s study uncovered three key findings:
Where security, scalability, and availability needs are high, mainframe technology shines.
Modernmainframes are highly secure extensible IT engines capable of running all types of workloads and poweringmodern corporations with outstanding availability, scalability, and auditability while maintaining informationintegrity and confidentiality. Because it can integrate state-of-the-art hardware and software, effectively protectmission-critical production systems, and consolidate workloads while reducing costs, the mainframe is thesecurity platform of choice for cloud, big data, and analytics applications as well as traditional transaction andbatch applications.
Complexity is a top security management challenge.
Complexity introduces unanticipated security vulnerabilities but also increases the risks and costs associated with implementing new secure solutions. Of all thechallenges that security professionals face, complexity management is No. 1. Today’s security environment is justtoo complex — and the situation worsens as new technology is applied to basic compliance, data protection,access control, system auditing, and secure virtualization. Sixty-five percent of executives surveyed agreed thatthey have too many point solutions. Some security departments, for example, have more than 150 differentsecurity tools to address the security needs of their organization.
This number of technologies is difficult, if notimpossible, to adequately maintain and deploy.
Pre-engineered integrated security is the preferred option for security managers.
Security decision-makerswould prefer an integrated technology stack and platform. More than 90% of those surveyed and interviewed forthis research felt that using a platform that has security natively designed into its architecture made the mostsense.