Data centric security: Stop treating the mainframe separately
CA Technologies unveils the enterprise capabilities in CA Data Content Discovery
Historically, mainframe security has been managed separately from other platforms in a modern data center. But in today’s application economy, that is not viable. The mainframe is now a connected entity in the business and is critical to both the traditional high-volume transactional services as well as to newer services and mobile apps.
Hence let’s stop treating the mainframe differently – security professional both mainframe and distributed speak the same language and share the same concerns; it’s just that the policies and processes have been distinct. It’s vital now more than ever to view data-centric security holistically, rather than by platform. If you take a fragmented approach to security or worse treat the mainframe as a blackbox or fortress you introduce vulnerabilities into your enterprise. Data is always on the move so ultimately your overall security is no greater than your weakest security policy.
The holy grail of every organization is the security of corporate data: the protection of your most sensitive business assets. Yet the security challenges surrounding corporate data are manifold:
Given this complexity and what is at stake, it is essential that the mainframe no longer be treated as a separate platform when it comes to security.
The key to bringing the mainframe into the holistic security platform is to introduce data-centric security. After all, hackers might attack a company through an application, but, ultimately, they are after corporate data. Similarly, insiders might choose to exfiltrate company data. Data-centric security therefore addresses protection by focusing on the data and the associated risks that it introduces for the organization. This data-centric approach complements the traditional identity-centric security model that has been used on the mainframe for decades.
Data-centric security involves three steps:
In the past, that was easier said than done. But today, implementing data-centric security is simple – with the right tool in hand.
CA Technologies latest releases of CA Data Content Discovery and CA Compliance Event Manager give businesses an enterprise data protection solution that is easy to use by both non-mainframe and mainframe security and compliance experts. These solutions simplify mainframe security and compliance by enabling robust, end-to-end protection of mission-essential corporate data. In one decisive move, CA Technologies strengthens mainframe security by:
From finding and classifying to alerting and inspecting, CA Technologies solutions provide unified enterprise security while helping to increase an organization’s compliance posture. Moving from separate security platforms to a holistic approach can now become a reality, with tremendous effect.
Learn more about simplifying security management across the enterprise and enabling robust, end-to-end protection for data-in-motion from mobile to mainframe.