DTS Webinar Recap: Secure Data for Everyone – Pervasive Encryption and z/OS® Storage Management

Data security is making the news these days far too often, and for all the wrong reasons. Because the data in your IBM® z/OS® system is the most valuable and useful data in the enterprise, it is also the data cybercriminals want most. So while it has to remain available for your business to run, it must also be completely secure.

In our September 2021 Webinar, DTS Software CTO Steve Pryor discussed, from a storage management perspective, some of the practical steps involved in making Pervasive Encryption a reality in your z/OS environment. IBM’s Pervasive Encryption initiative aims to achieve these availability and security goals by making encryption so seamless for the user that it’s implemented by default.

But as easy as IBM’s intentions might be, you still must consider the following:

  1. Are you sure you’re taking the proper steps when encrypting datasets? And,
  2. How are you ensuring (and verifying) that it’s encrypted?

A few highlights of Pryor’s overview of encryption and z/OS storage management:

Why Encrypt?
Some of the reasons are obvious, such as regulations and data breaches. But there are other, less obvious reasons. Accidental (or intentional) exposure of sensitive data and insider attacks are two very real threats that must be considered.

Who Encrypts (or Decrypts)?
Pryor identifies three primary personas typically involved with encryption: the security administrator (most often the RACF security administrator), who’s responsible for system security policies; the storage administrator, who’s responsible for managing the data sets – the creation of the data sets and which device they’re allocated on; and, ultimately, the end-user uses encryption (or decryption) to read and write data.

Encryption in z/OS
The concept of “pervasive encryption” is simply that everything is encrypted. This includes at-rest, in-use and in-flight data. While this may seem like overkill, the upside is that by encrypting everything, regulatory requirements are met 100% of the time. Furthermore, existing security policy mechanisms are used to provide dataset-level encryption and allow access by user privileges for added security.

Crypto Hardware
Crypto hardware for z/OS consists of two possible components as well as ZPDT emulated adjunct process. How does each function and what are the features and benefits? Pryor clears up any questions with a quick overview.

Deep Dive in a Live Demo
Once the baseline is set, Pryor dives into the nuts and bolts of dataset encryption with a live demonstration and on-screen explanation of options and elements. He then addresses one of the most important aspects of encryption: key distribution. How do you distribute the keys for those people who need them and control the use of the keys? How do you rotate the keys and avoid compromised keys? How do you audit the system? All are crucial questions that must be considered carefully.

Secure Data for Everyone – Pervasive Encryption and z/OS Storage Management is an informative, educational look at a timely topic in the mainframe space. If you weren’t able to attend, you can view it on-demand and download a copy of the slide deck used in the presentation by using this link.

DTS Software Announces Day 1 Support for IBM® z/OS® Version 2.5 for Its Product Portfolio of Mainframe Storage Management Solutions

RALEIGH, NC, (PRWEB) OCTOBER 13, 2021 – DTS Software, a leading global mainframe storage automation and systems administration software vendor, today confirmed immediate compatibility of all its products with IBM®’s latest z/OS® V2R5 release. IBM announced the release in July 2021 and made it GA on September 30, 2021.

IBM z/OS powers the IT engine of the largest, most complex, business-critical IT environments in the world. DTS Software has partnered with IBM for decades to supplement its products with crucial capabilities that customers leverage in these enterprise IT environments. DTS products complement IBM’s scalability and performance with storage management solutions equipped with automation to ensure the availability of services to required service level agreements.

“DTS Software products are built with the IT system interoperability and solution flexibility to facilitate day-one support for IBM, every release,” said Steve Pryor, DTS Software CTO. “Additionally, because of our deep experience with the z/OS operating system and z/OS storage, clients find DTS solutions are some of the most critical components of their system software stack.”

IBM’s release of z/OS V2R5 enables innovative development to support hybrid cloud and AI business applications. This is accomplished by enabling next-generation systems operators and developers to have easy access and a simplified experience with IBM z/OS, all while relying on the most optimal usage of computing power and resources of IBM Z® servers for scale, security, and business continuity. To learn more about the latest z/OS release, visit the z/OS homepage: https://www.ibm.com/it-infrastructure/z/zos.

No special considerations for the IBM z/OS change are needed other than upgrading your DTS Software products to the most current DTS Software version 7.1. DTS customers may visit https://dtssoftware.com/support for additional assistance or questions about the new z/OS version.

About IBM
IBM is a global technology and innovation company headquartered in Armonk, N.Y. It is the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 375,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries. Just completing its 22nd year of patent leadership, IBM Research has defined the future of information technology with more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across 6 continents. For more information about IBM, visit http://www.ibm.com.

About DTS Software
DTS Software, LLC is recognized worldwide as a leader in enterprise storage management technology. Specializing in products for z/OS, Hitachi VOS3 and Fujitsu MSP operating systems, DTS Software products provide superior functionality and features that allow managers and users to more effectively utilize their investment in storage systems. The company was founded in 1991 and currently has over 1,000 customers in the US, Canada, Europe, and the Far East. For more information, visit https://dtssoftware.com.