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Why Your IBM z/OS Mainframe May Not Be as Secure as You Think It Is and What You Can Do About It

Published: 20 January 2010

ID: G00172909

Analyst(s): Ant Allan


While the IBM z/OS mainframe is still an important platform for many enterprises, security can fall short of the platform's potential. Enterprises should address this situation by following Gartner's seven-step action plan.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Why does mainframe security deserve close attention?
  • Does a mainframe security skill shortage underlie these issues?
  • Are mainframe security audits and governance rigorous enough?
  • Are there any industry-standard mainframe-specific security guidelines and compliance requirements?
  • What is the level of compliance with these guidelines?
  • How can enterprises optimize the security of their z/OS mainframes?

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