Security and Encryption for the Future

Since 2013, 14.7 billion records have been breached and the average cost of a breach was $3.86 million. In this session, participants will learn methods to strategically secure their data and move from selective to pervasive encryption, a practice that can reduce the risks associated with undiscovered or misclassified sensitive data; make it more difficult for attackers to identify sensitive data; help protect all of an organization’s digital assets; and significantly reduce the cost of compliance.

Elisabeth Stahl
Distinguished Engineer, IBM
Shaker Heights, Ohio USA
Twitter: @ibmperformance

Secure Z! Escape Room Experience

In this collaborative Escape Room experience, participants play the roles of newly hired z/OS security professionals at the fictitious company, Mock-Up Services Enterprises (M.U.S.E.), investigating a possible insider threat to a massive data breach. It’s a fun mix of logic puzzles and security best practices on the mainframe.

This collaborative experience provides a holistic introduction to security practices on z/OS, including challenges covering secure service through the IBM Z Security Portal, secure code integrity within PC and SVC routines, and secure configuration leveraging security health check output from the z/OS Health Checker. There is also a bonus challenge regarding Pervasive Encryption for both data at rest and in flight, leveraging a simulation of QRadar. As lead-in to these challenges, there are a variety of different puzzles and ciphers to encourage each group to work together in this gamification of z/OS security education.

While this session is based on mainframe technologies, it is appropriate for participants without prior experience with z/OS. 

Bryan Childs
Solution Offering Manager, z/OS Security, IBM
Poughkeepsie, New York USA
Twitter: @BryanCChilds