Here at KRI, we’ve been talking a lot recently about the importance of mainframe modernization. As the mainframe becomes more deeply entrenched in business processes and with mainframe sales on the rise, modernization helps bring the mainframe into the modern era, updating development tools and applications to be effective in today’s environment.

But, modernization isn’t just a technology change. It also involves updating a range of IT processes, and security needs to be one of the processes that’s modernized.

There’s widespread complacency around mainframe security that’s putting countless organizations at risk today, according to KRI research released earlier this year.

Though 95 percent of the companies we surveyed are worried about potential customer data breaches, just 33 percent always or often factor security into mainframe decisions. Mainframe security is often overlooked, and that’s a big problem when organizations modernize their mainframes.

Organizations simply can’t afford to overlook mainframe security. The risk of a data breach is high, and the ramifications, from financial to reputational damage to potential lost business, could bring a business to its knees.

In today’s constantly evolving threat landscape, businesses need to be proactive. It’s time to embrace a mainframe security strategy that can protect customer data by staying one step ahead of bad actors at all times.

So, how can organizations create a modern mainframe security strategy that will keep the organization’s most important IT asset and most sensitive data secure, but is also flexible enough to adapt to changing threats and trends?

The KRI team has years of experience helping organizations solve this challenge, from mainframe vulnerability scanning to excessive access checking. We put together a guide highlighting the five steps organizations should take to modernize their mainframe security strategy.

In the paper, “5 Steps to a Modern Mainframe Security Strategy,” we cover everything you need to know about a modern mainframe security strategy, including:

  • The importance of designating a mainframe security architect and what the role entails
  • What you need to understand about the differences between mainframe penetration testing and vulnerability scanning
  • The crucial role of excessive access checking in your mainframe security processes

Download the paper, “5 Steps to a Modern Mainframe Security Strategy,” to learn more about how to ensure mainframe security through the modernization process. And, visit our website to learn more about Key Resources, Inc.’s mainframe vulnerability scanning and compliance assessment software.