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Keeping Up With Security and Compliance on IBM zSystems

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


Last updated on 17 March 2023

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IBM Form #: SG24-8540-00

Authors: Bill White, Didier Andre, Lindsay Baer, Julie Bergh, Giovanni Cerquone, Joe Cronin, Diego Encarnacion, Wayne O’Brien, Marius Otto, Toobah Qadeer and Laurie Ward

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    Non-compliance could lead to increasing costs. Regulatory violations involving data

    protection and privacy can have severe and unintended consequences. In addition,

    companies must keep pace with changes that arise from numerous legislative and regulatory

    bodies. Global organizations have the added liability of dealing with national and

    international-specific regulations.

    To prove you are compliant entails compiling and organizing data from multiple sources to

    satisfy auditor’s requests. Preparing for compliance audits can be a major time drain and

    maintaining, updating, and adding new processes for compliance can be a costly effort.

    How do you keep constant changes to regulations and your security posture in check? It

    starts with establishing a baseline—knowing and understanding your current security posture,

    comparing it with IBM® zSystems security capabilities, and the latest standards and

    regulations relevant to your organization. IBM Z® Security and Compliance Center can help

    take the complexity out of your compliance workflow and the ambiguity out of audits, while

    optimizing your audit process to reduce time and effort.

    This IBM Redbooks® publication will help you make best use of IBM Z Security and

    Compliance Center and aid in mapping of the necessary IBM zSystems security capabilities

    to meet compliance and improve your security posture. It also shows how to regularly collect

    and validate compliance data, and identify which data is essential for auditors.

    After reading this document, you will understand how your organization can use IBM Z

    Security and Compliance Center to enhance and simplify your security and compliance

    processes and postures for z/OS systems.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Compliance is a top priority and a challenge

    Chapter 2. Staying on top of security and compliance

    Chapter 3. Understanding the solution

    Chapter 4. Exploring security and compliance use cases

    Chapter 5. Validating security and compliance postures

    Appendix A. How to find and remediate failing goals

    Appendix B. SMF record type 1154 overview


    Special Notices

    The material included in this document is in DRAFT form and is provided 'as is' without warranty of any kind. IBM is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the material, and may update the document at any time. The final, published document may not include any, or all, of the material included herein. Client assumes all risks associated with Client's use of this document.