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The New z/14 and Pervasive Encryption

July 25, 2017

Last week IBM unveiled the newest mainframe system--the z14. As noted in the announcement letter, the z14 is intended to provide the cornerstone for the "trust economy."

As expected from a new release, the z14 provides still greater levels of scalability and availability. But security and everything that goes with it is a particular point of emphasis. During my recent training at IBM, we were told that it's estimated that 25 percent of all companies will experience a data breach within the next 24 months. In addition, many enterprises that conduct business in the European Union will be impacted by the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which are set to go into effect in May 2018.

With this in mind, IBM has designed the z14 for pervasive encryption. This allows you to encrypt many new data sets transparently. In addition, improvements to cryptographic performance come with the Crypto Express6S (#0893) and the IBM Z processor-based cryptography with the CP Assist for Cryptographic Functions that helps enable data protection.

As I said, I’ve been going through IBM internal training to learn all about z14, and I'll have plenty more to say about it in the weeks to come. It's clear that IBM is committed to providing the best platform when it comes to protecting critical and sensitive data not only at rest, but also in flight.

This white paper, “The Pervasive Encryption Imperative,” explains the technology and lays out the steps companies need to take to comply to GDPR guidelines.

Posted July 25, 2017 | Permalink

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