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Special Report: Mainframe Security Survey

By Destination Z posted Mon December 23, 2019 03:37 PM

Security is an important issue to mainframe shops and end-users alike. Data breaches, protection, prevention and proper education are a concern to all. This summer, IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z set out to learn about its readers’ security concerns.

In late May and early June, the magazine team electronically surveyed 17,7000 engaged readers. Of those, 454 completed the 24-question survey, which equates to a 2.6 percent completion rate.

The survey results were compiled into a special report that was published in the September/October issue of the magazine. Among the findings:

  • 54.1 percent of respondents are very concerned about security, 36.3 percent are somewhat concerned and 9.6 percent have no concerns
  • 71.4 percent of survey respondents have encryption in place, while 28.7 percent don’t
IBM understands clients’ security concerns. In the special report, Nick Sardino, security offering manager, IBM z Systems, says IBM has “been encouraging customers to encrypt sensitive data as much as they can, and our strategy is to make it simple to help remove barriers for wider-spread adoption.”

Read the report now to find out why unauthorized users and external hackers are top concerns cited in the survey.

Don’t miss the Oct. 11 webinar about the survey results and how z Systems users are addressing issues today and planning for future threats presented by IBM Systems Magazine. Also, CorreLog representatives will speak to the security disconnect by enterprises working across mainframe and distributed platforms and how to bridge the gap.

Valerie Dennis is site editor of Destination z.