Gartner Research

Mainframe Application Security: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats

Published: 10 November 2006

ID: G00143888

Analyst(s): Joseph Feiman


In this document, we review the strengths and weaknesses of mainframe application security, new security vulnerabilities to mainframe applications caused by their exposure to new threats in the era of e-business, and opportunities to mitigate weaknesses and protect legacies against new threats.

Table Of Contents
  • Strengths
    • Integrity of Architecture Designed for Multiuser/Multiprocess Environment
    • Hackers Do Not Know Mainframes
    • Little New Development
  • Threats
    • Exposing Applications to the Web
    • Insider Attacks
  • Weaknesses
    • Lack of Skills
    • High Expense of Making Legacy Applications Compliant With New Regulations
  • Opportunities
    • Understanding Legacies Before Applying Security Controls
    • Security Testing of Re-engineered Legacies
    • Enforcement of Measures Against Internal Threats

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