IBM to offer Next Generation Mainframe with encryption driven Cyber Security

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IBM has announced that its next generation Mainframe will be offered with innovation driven cyber security along with the feature of processing 12 billion encrypted transactions per day which are 5 fold increase compared to its predecessor. Known as IBM ‘Z’  the machine will have a memory power of 32 terabytes which is triple than what the present Z13 offers and can also have three times more Input/Output performance capability that of the Z13.

Releasing a briefing to our Cybersecurity Insiders, IBM said that the major highlight of ‘Z’ will be its security feature. As it will be capable of encrypting all data associated with an application, cloud service, or database, as opposed to the previous systems which otherwise used to offer a privilege of encrypting data on a selective note.

IBM said that its engineers have enabled a 7-fold increase in cryptographic performance on IBM Z by dedicating a four fold rise in silicon to the cryptographic algorithms. Thus, this reinstate will allow the encryption feasibility to expand to almost all applications without affecting the system performance in a negative way.

According to a survey conducted by the research wing of IBM, more than 4 billion records were leaked last year due to cyber attacks which are a sixfold jump when compared to 2015.

So, IBM came to a conclusion that the only way to deal with the situation is by heavy use of encryption techniques that can reduce the cost of dealing with such attacks by $16 per record, taking the potential savings to tens of billions of dollars.

Hence, the next generation of Mainframe of IBM I.e  IBM Z is coming as a security powerhouse, to help companies resolve almost all cyber attack related concerns.

Perhaps, IBM has taken the decision to raise the security bar of its next generation mainframe in the wake of increasing cyber attacks.
More details are awaited!

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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