IBM Z mainframe has built-in encryption to fight 'epidemic of data breaches'

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According to IBM, over 9 billion data records have been either lost or stolen since 2013, and of those just 4 percent were encrypted.

The overall mainframe platform revenues come from IBM's base and not from new hardware sales.

Payment systems pricing based on the volume of payments a bank is processing, not the available capacity.

It can be used beyond the mainframe to protect servers and storage systems in the cloud.

IBM is also now encrypting the application programming interfaces (APIs) exposed by mainframes as well as adding a facility that invalidates any encryption key if there has been any sign of tampering. The company on Monday unveiled IBM Z, a next generation mainframe that is is billing as the world's most powerful transaction system.

In a statement provided by IBM, International Data Corp. analyst Peter Rutten called the Z "the first system with an all-encompassing solution to the security threats and breaches we've been witnessing in the past 24 months".

IBM, whose Watson artificial-intelligence system got slammed last week by one analyst, is hoping that a focus on encryption will make the Z more appealing at a time when major security breaches are almost a daily occurrence.

The company said that this newest release was the most significant system overhaul from IBM in more than 15 years.

The system encrypts data at rest or in flight wherever it is located, and can be encrypted in bulk rather than in small chunks as is usual today.

The z14 has a scalable system structure that delivers up to a 35 per cent capacity increase for traditional workloads and an up to a 35 per cent capacity increase for Linux workloads compared to the previous generation z13. If you can assume that your sensitive data is always encrypted, you won't have to worry quite so much that thieves might go on a shopping spree with your credit card. -Tamper-responding encryption keys: A concern for organizations is protection of encryption keys-an extreme version of the problem faced by millions of consumers with increasing complexity and vulnerability of passcodes.

With core business processes including Blockchain applications at an increasing level, businesses are looking for ways to improve security and encryption. "By encrypting the data, even if those bad entities get into your data center and behind your firewalls, they're getting access to encrypted data, which is useless", Desens said.

The centers already built are in Dallas, Frankfurt, London, Sao Paulo, Tokyo and Toronto.

"IBM Z's new data encryption capabilities are created to address the global epidemic of data breaches, a major factor in the $8 trillion cybercrime impact on the global economy by 2022".

IBM Z integrates with IBM Blockchain services, and it offers automated compliance and security as well.

New applications for the deployment of new microservices and applications that enable clients to maximize the value from on-premises enterprise systems securely and in real time. After more than two years of talking to customers, and building the exact system they asked for, it would appear he has every reason to. Under the new law, organizations will have to demonstrate that data is encrypted and keys are protected.

With new laws in place in the European Union, that will be a requirement. Engineers have been working on the base technologies for IBM Z for 5 years.

"It's a security breakthrough that now makes it possible to protect all the data, all the time", he said.

Nonetheless, this technology could be a big step forward if it lives up to IBM's hype. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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