With cyber-attacks continuing to grab headlines, many enterprises are re-evaluating their resiliency posture, including the role the mainframe needs to play due to the criticality of the data and applications running on the platform. The focus is to discuss cyber resiliency at a high level and the techniques that can be applied to address these concerns.

A major challenge for IT operations is protecting business-critical infrastructure and data from the impact of outages and downtime. With cyber-attacks continuing to grab headlines, many enterprises are looking at their resiliency posture, which might include the deployment of air-gapped solutions to deliver the ability to recover from an event that compromises their data. However, determining the incident’s scope and surgically recovering the right data backups can drive up the recovery time required, potentially impacting the business.
We’ll show how a resilient architecture on IBM Z can be developed, including how to identify and recover the right backups of potentially compromised data quickly and easily to minimize business disruption.


  • Understand cyber security risks, impact of cyber attacks and the critical role the mainframe plays
  • The needs of a cyber resilient solution from detection to recovery
  • Techniques and strategies for developing a cyber resilient solution incorporating the mainframe


Chris Walker is a Senior Product Manager at IBM and Diego Bessone is from IBM Z Software WW BUE. Both Diego and Chris have been involved in the IBM approach to cyber resiliency incorporating the mainframe. Diego is a co-author of a recent IBM Redbook on IBM Z Cyber Vault