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Announcing the New Assure Security for IBM i Compliance and Security

The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a non-profit organization that tracks publicly disclosed breaches, reported 828 incidents in 2018, resulting in the exposure of over 1.37 billion records of sensitive data. To help protect consumer and business data from theft, industry, state and national cybersecurity regulations are becoming more numerous and more strict. In 2018 organizations scrambled to comply with GDPR and the New York Department of Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulation, and in 2019 they are preparing for the GDPR-like California Consumer Privacy Act which takes effect January 1, 2020. Given the increasing sophistication of attacks and the expanding number of compliance regulations, it’s no wonder that the largest percentage of IT pros with IBM i systems reported that security is their number one priority for 2019 in a recent Syncsort survey.

On April 8, Syncsort announced Assure Security, a new product that enables organizations to comply with cybersecurity regulations and strengthen IBM i security by assessing security vulnerabilities, controlling access to systems and data, enforcing data privacy, and monitoring for security incidents and compliance deviations.

Assure Security brings together best-in-class IBM i security capabilities acquired by Syncsort into one complete solution that addresses all aspects of IBM i security. Available as an all-in-one solution, individual capabilities can also be licensed to address the major security and compliance concerns of today’s corporate security officers and IBM i administrators.

  • Assure Access Control provides market-leading control of access to IBM i systems and their data through a bundle of capabilities that deliver powerful, flexible multi-factor authentication with RSA certification, automated management and tracking of elevated authorities, and comprehensive coverage of all system and database access points.
  • Assure Data Privacy protects IBM i data at-rest and in-motion from unauthorized access and theft through a combination of NIST-certified encryption, tokenization, masking and secure file transfer capabilities. Encryption and tokenization are conveniently packaged together for protection of data at rest, while secure file transfer protects data moving across networks from view.
  • Assure Compliance Monitoring is a bundle of features that quickly identifies security and compliance issues by producing alerts and reports on IBM i system activity and database changes. Innovative new technology also monitors views of highly confidential Db2 data and optionally blocks data from view. Security data can also be sent to enterprise SIEM solutions where IBM i security can be monitored alongside other enterprise platforms.
  • Assure Security Risk Assessment thoroughly examines over a dozen categories of security values, reports on findings and delivers recommendations for addressing vulnerabilities. A summary report is also provided for less technical stakeholders. Security risk assessment services are also available through Syncsort Global Services to perform the assessment and advise on remediation steps.
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Assure Security reports status to a graphical enterprise monitor shared with Syncsort’s MIMIX and Quick-EDD products, and is integrated into their failover scripts, to simplify monitoring and switching for customers using both Assure Security and Availability products.

For current users of Cilasoft and select Alliance branded security products, Assure Security represents the next generation of those solutions. A seamless transition provides all the security and compliance capabilities they enjoy today – and more.

To learn more about all the features of Assure Security and how they can reduce the time and expense required to satisfy regulatory requirements for cybersecurity, support implementation of security best practices, and reduce IT workloads by automating common security and compliance management tasks, more information is available on the Syncsort website.

You can also learn all about Assure Security by watching our webinar where we’ll introduce you to Assure Security’s capabilities and show you how Assure Security can help you with all your high priority IBM i compliance and security needs.

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