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The Role of Mainframe Data in the Enterprise SIEM

Understanding Enterprise SIEM and How Mainframe Data Completes the Picture

Security information and event management enterprise SIEM is an important function – and often a distinct department at many companies and government organizations.  Security issues are top of mind for many CSOs (chief security officers) and CISOs (chief information security officers), but it affects many others in IT, including mainframe professionals. Let’s take a look at what SIEM is, why it is relevant to you, and the state of the function and related areas.

Every week, the news reports about new data breaches at companies, individuals and government organizations continue. The frequent attacks underscore the importance of (and need for resourcing for) defensive and proactive countermeasures.  As collecting, managing and analyzing both security information and security events has become more critical, SIEM solutions have become the preferred option for effectively managing the security challenges of today’s environments.

SIEM software products and services utilize security management information and security events generated by IT infrastructure hardware and applications to provide real-time security threat identification, alerting and analysis. In addition to strengthening security, SIEM systems have also become essential for gathering and managing operational intelligence in large corporations and government organizations.

The mainframe SMF and log files you’re familiar with are your mainframe’s record for security-relevant information and events. The information they contain about what happened within your mainframe, who did what, who tried to do what, and so on, are critical for managing your organizations IT security. As powerful as they are, without access to your SMF and other logs, SIEM platforms simply cannot provide complete or effective security coverage. From a security management perspective, any component of IT which is not visible to the SIEM platform is a huge security hole, an unguarded open door that invites and enables cyber-attacks from without and within.

SIEM solutions have become the preferred option to effectively manage the security challenges of today’s environment where the collection, management, and analysis of security information and security events is critical.

In this eBook, you’ll learn what SIEM is, why SIEM is relevant to you, and how your mainframe data completes the picture.

The Role of Mainframe Data in the Enterprise SIEM