Security on the IBM Mainframe, Vol. 1 A Holistic Approach by Reducing Risk and Improving Security

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


This IBM® Redbooks® publication documents the strength and value of the IBM security strategy with System z® hardware and software. In an age of increasing security consciousness, IBM System z provides the capabilities to address the needs of today's business security challenges. This publication explores how System z hardware is designed to provide integrity, process isolation, and cryptographic capability to help address security requirements. We highlight the features of IBM z/OS® and other operating systems, which offer a variety of customizable security elements within the framework of the Security Server and Communication Server components. We discuss z/OS and other operating systems and additional software that leverage the building blocks of System z hardware to provide solutions to business security needs.

This publication's intended audience is technical architects, planners, and managers who are interested in exploring how the security design and features of System z, the z/OS operating system, and associated software address current issues such as data encryption, authentication, authorization, network security, auditing, ease of security administration, and monitoring.

Table of contents

Part 1. Direction and architecture
Chapter 1. Introduction: Why we are writing these books
Chapter 2. Foundation of a holistic security architecture
Chapter 3. Mainframe security architecture in the enterprise
Chapter 4. Hardware components
Chapter 5. Software components
Chapter 6. Security solutions for System z
Part 2. Guiding principles for System z security
Chapter 7. Organizing for security
Chapter 8. System z hardware
Chapter 9. z/OS security
Chapter 10. z/VM security
Chapter 11. Linux on System z security


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