Integrate Mainframe Security Events into Your Existing SIEM Solution

Typical mainframe security packages use batch-mode analysis to examine violations hours after the fact, and any reports generated may languish in the z/OS environment until the end of the day.

VitalSigns SIEM Agent (VSA) from SDS makes z/OS security state-of-the art by gathering detailed information about potential security and audit events and forwarding it in real time and in the right format to one or two enterprise SIEMs. 

VSA analyzes data from Operator (WTO) messages and the Systems Management Facility (SMF). Powerful SMF filters identify critical events. The data is normalized in standard Syslog format and delivered in real time to those responsible for enterprise security. Your security team gets an enterprise-wide view of security events so they can stay abreast of attacks against your infrastructure.

VSA Helps with Data Security Compliance

VSA is an excellent tool to help comply with industry regulations such as GDPR, FISMA, GLBA, HIPAA, PCI, SOX, and others.

Administrators can designate specific items for deeper monitoring than normally provided in the z/OS environment. VSA can monitor files (perhaps those with credit card data for PCI compliance or those related to patient data for HIPAA compliance) and capture all relevant data whenever those items are accessed – even by authorized users!

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  • Functional details

    • Real-time delivery of z/OS alerts can be managed via SIEM software
    • Helps meet GRC logging requirements for FISMA, GDPR, GLBA, SOX, PCI, HIPAA
    • Easily integrates with SIEM or log consolidation products
    • Batch processing program processes events from historical SMF data
    • Powerful SMF filters identify critical events
    • Can be configured to create events as USER SMF records or in a Type80 audit file
    • CICS Application Programming Interface (API) and BATCH API produce customized events
    • BATCH rule processing allows for filtering of events through a batch program
    • TSO rule processing allows for filtering of events

  • Business problem

    For years mainframe environment security and audit events were kept inside the mainframe and reviewed by reading a batch report hours later. The industry practice has changed and batch reporting is no longer acceptable.

    Using VitalSigns SIEM Agent (VSA), you can specify security, audit, PCI, HIPAA, SOX and other regulation events. The events are sent to a centralized SIM, SIEM or log consolidation product for real-time reporting.

  • Business opportunity

    "Big Iron" remains one of the most critical components of many IT infrastructures. Companies and government agencies continue to run their most intensive and critical applications on z/OS mainframe systems. Government mandates and regulations require that these systems are secure.

    IT departments can't accurately monitor enterprise-wide security without including IBM z/OS mainframe systems in the equation. The VitalSigns SIEM Agent (VSA) tracks activity, monitors systems resources, records vital information, filters the information, and sends it to any SIM, SIEM, or log consolidation product in Syslog format.

    VSA helps companies comply with requirements for data security regulations such as GDPR, HIPAA, PCI, GLBA, SOX, FISMA, and others.

  • Competitive advantage

    Low Cost

    VSA is economically priced by a simple license fee. It is cost effective yet robust for low cost of ownership and high product value. If you are looking to reduce expenses and increase value, contact SDS for more information or to request a free trial.

    World Class Support

    SDS delivers comprehensive, affordable mainframe and distributed software with a focus on cybersecurity and compliance. Expert development and award-winning technical support teams are based in Minneapolis, MN. SDS support advisors will work to quickly diagnose and resolve any issue that may arise.

  • Industries

    Banking Industry
    Computer Services Industry
    Cross Industry
    Financial Markets Industry
    Healthcare Industry

  • Solution areas

    Cross industry
       Business Intelligence
       Business Process Management and Integration
          Security and Disaster Recovery
       Computer Services
       Dynamic Infrastructure/Smarter Planet
       Product Lifecycle Management
       Surveillance and security
          Safety, Security and Privacy
          Security event management
          Security systems and operations
       System and data management
          Operating Systems

  • Customer size

    Very Small Business (Less than 50 employees)
    Small Business (50 to 99 employees)
    Midmarket Business (100 to 499 employees)
    Midmarket Business (500 to 1000 employees)
    Large Business (greater than 1000 employees)

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  • Hardware/OS platforms

    z/OS 2.1
       IBM Systems: z Systems
    z/OS 2.2
       IBM Systems: z Systems
    z/OS 2.3
       IBM Systems: z Systems

  • Services

    Infrastructure Solutions: Enterprise Security
    Network Services
    Total Systems Management Services
    Other Network Services

  • Software

    IBM Other
       IBM QRadar Security Intelligence Platform

Date last modified:    Jul 25, 2019

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