Data communications – (often) the weakest link in mainframe security
- Mainframes are an integral component of large IT infrastructure, handling 68% of the world's production IT workloads. One reason for their popularity is their built-in advanced security features.
- Despite the internal robustness of mainframes, failing to properly secure data communications will create an obvious vulnerability in the mainframe security architecture. The FTP protocol, still commonly in use, transmits data in plain text format – easily readable by anyone who can intercept the communications.
- The TN3270 protocol, also commonly in use, transmits user passwords in plain text format - risking that an intruder could log in to the mainframe.
- Exposures increase the risk of breaches, rising Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), potential outages, and compliance issues.
- Without dedicated solutions, secure file transfers are not only difficult to set up but also inefficient - using costly CPU cycles, increasing the operating and administration costs, complexity, time delays, and potential errors.
How does Tectia help you with mainframe security?
Who is Tectia for?
Organizations that get the most out of Tectia SSH Server for IBM z/OS, generally:
- Need to comply with regulations, such as PCI-DSS or FIPS. For example, US Federal agencies, large financial institutions, credit card companies, retailers, insurance companies, etc.
- Require massive file transfers
- Need mainframe security controls to mitigate risk from unauthorized use
- Need seamless transition from FTP to SFTP