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How to Accelerate the Use of AI in Organizations with Power9 Systems

How to Accelerate the Use of AI in Organizations with Power9 Systems
Written by: Bob PiccianoOpen any business publication or digital journal today, and you will read about the promise of AI, known as artificial or augmented intelligence, and how it will transform your business. The fact is, AI will not only transform your entire business, whether you are in health care, finance, retail or manufacturing, but it will also transform technology itself. The essential task of information technology (IT), and how we measure its value, has reached an inflection point. It’s no longer just about process automation and codifying business logic. Instead, insight is the new currency, and the speed with which we can scale that insight and the knowledge it brings is the basis for value creation and the key to competitive advantage.   IBM Engineer, Stefanie Chiras, with the IBM Power System AC922. (Photo: Jack Plunkett).   This trend is fueling a surging interest in deep learning and AI, or, as IBM calls it, cognitive computing. According to IDC, global spending on AI-related hardware and software is expected to exceed $57.6 billion in 2021, almost a five-fold increase over the $12 billion that will be spent this year. The real promise of AI is to unleash actionable insights that would otherwise be trapped in massive amounts of data. Much of that data is unstructured data, such as the data that’s generated by such things as written reports and journals, videos, social media posts or even spoken words. Since we introduced IBM Watson, and our powerful AI cloud platform, we’ve continued on our journey to reinvent computing for this new era. And we’ve learned that to meet the new demands of cognitive workloads, we need to change everything: from the algorithms and mathematics that are the foundations of the software, to the hardware that drives it and to the cloud that deploys it. Organizations that apply deep learning and AI, which are the superchargers for extracting insight, need to use the right architecture to ingest and analyze very large data sets. And you need to be able to do it at lightning-fast speeds, or faster than your competitors. IBM is unveiling...
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IBM i Multi-Factor Authentication for MFA Compliance

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IBM i Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a critical cybersecurity defense required by PCI, FFIEC and 23 NYCRR 500 in Section 500.12b, stating any company providing financial services within the state of New York must implement MFA to protect system data and applications for all users that have external network access, or use an approved access control equivalent. IBM i Multi Factor Authentication prices are very affordable, simple to implement and provide the quickest means to protect against the cybersecurity threats 23 NYCRR 500 was drafted to address. There are companies claiming the price of MFA solutions are too expensive or too complicated to implement. These companies are likely the same companies that score security defenses as their number one priority each year, yet have made minimal effort to circumvent the simplest security vulnerabilities that only require effort. Why does 23 NYCRR 500 require Multi-Factor Authentication? The majority of all security breaches are the result of poor user authentication practices, phishing scams and related credential thefts, so the state of New York made Multi-Factor Authentication a commonsense cybersecurity defense requirement. Although the IBM i has traditionally not been as susceptible to most cybersecurity threats like other platforms, with the adoption of SSO, EIM and other cross-platform integration efforts, implementing MFA will only enhance the platform’s security posture. Unlike PCI, the 23 NYCRR 500 requirements affects companies of every size equally. In addition to implementing IBM i Multi-Factor Authentication, the OS400 has many other security and access controls that can be enforced to tighten security. Simply strengthening system value password policies for example, can significantly affect chances of a security breach. IBM i MFA forces users to authenticate with at least two different pieces of artifacts in addition to a user name and password to ensures their identity, which significantly reduce the chances a hacker or criminal can gain access. The odds a hacker could both guess, locate or steal a user's password and use one of the additional authentication factors is extremely low. The additional authentication factors must include at least two of the following three categories: A user’s knowledge (e.g.: password,...
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SFTP FTPS - IBM i iSeries Secure FTP Methods

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SFTP and FTPS are Secure File Transfer methods the IBM i (AS400 iSeries) supports natively for both client and server roles, and can safely transfer sensitive files to and from any other platform or cloud service. Secure FTP requirements may dictate which protocol (SFTP versus FTPS) for the Managed File Transfer (MFT) project, but is usually a user preference. Both SFTP and FTPS use encrypted connections for file transfer, SFTP uses SSH cryptographic protocol and FTPS can use TLS or SSL implicit security (always on) cryptographic protocol. FTPS explicit can also be used, but it is not recommended for secure file transfer requirements, and will not be discussed. SFTP Secure File Transfer ProtocolThe Secure File Transfer protocol, also called SFTP, Secure Shell FTP and SSH FTP, is a Linux and UNIX data transfer tool that is most common and supported on the IBM i platform. The SFTP protocol provides entire session encryption to and from the transfer target or host, and allows use of server-side public key authentication certificates, client-side authorization certificates and supports use of a User ID and password. SFTP is ideal for automating file transfers and commonly used by MFT Managed File Transfer solutions. The IBM i SFTP and FTPS MFT software is the only product that fully supports password-based SFTP in batch mode and is the only software that fully implements this authentication security measure on the IBM i according to the standard. Multiple firewall configurations commonly cause problems for FTPS sessions, which is why SFTP is often chosen. SFTP utilizes a single connection for authentication, sending commands, transferring files, and any other processes involved. FTPS File Transfer ProtocolThe FTPS protocol (with implicity security) utilizes standard FTP with the addition of a TLS or SSL encryption layer to verify a secure connection. FTPS was initially created for systems to communicate and run commands securely, not to transfer files. When implementing FTPS on IBM i, consider using a MFT solution that supports Clear Channel Command CCC for intelligent firewall negotiation and proxy server (port management) support. You will also want to be able to audit FTPS access to make sure...
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iSeries FIM File Integrity Monitoring on IBM i

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File integrity monitoring FIM for IBM i requires monitoring the system security audit journal and DB2 database journals to detect unauthorized changes to files and their contents. FIM projects are usually due to compliance regulations such as PCI, 23 NYCRR 500 and like regulatory requirements, which will significantly reduce the file integrity monitoring scope to specific database files and object changes in QAUDJRN. In addition to implementing file integrity monitoring, you will need to ensure user authorities and access control policies are correctly defined and monitored for changes going forward. On an iSeries, many of these settings can be defined from the system or using iSeries Navigator, although it makes sense to also use IBM i security exit programs for access control policies. Monitoring iSeries database field level changes will likely be the primary focus of the FIM compliance objective, which requires the DB2 files to have journaling enabled to audit the file activities, such as open, read, update, add, delete and close operations. As a result, any changes made to or within the database file will be recorded, including user who made the change, when the change occurred, type of change, program name used to make the change, job information and like details of the event. As a result, these audit entries are automatically put in an associated audit journal which can be queried, reports can be run against and alerts can be triggered by an IDS. Depending on the compliance or audit requirement, it is likely the FIM event logs must be forwarded to a SIEM security tool like QRadar or a SYSLOG Server tool like Splunk which are used to centralize event logs for security monitoring. Completing most of these tasks for the system audit journal and database field level changes can be very difficult without using a third party tool like Enforcive, Cilasoft or Patrick Townsend (collaboratively all now Syncsort product lines). However the basic FIM capabilities are inherent to OS400 and the integrated DB2 database, which IBM provides instructions for the iSeries AS400 system security audit journal and journaling of DB2 files. After completion, your system will only...
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IBM i Profile Swapping for Temporary Elevated Authority

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Implementing iSeries Profile Swapping and Adopted Authority policies is a great idea for reducing the number of powerful profiles on the IBM i, especially if most users only need elevated authority for specific tasks or occasional access to sensitive data. On the IBM i (iSeries AS400), the Profile Swapping, Adopted Authority and Elevated Authority procedures are more commonly referred to by compliance regulations and other platforms as Privileged Access Management (PAM) proceedures. However these processes ultimately have the same objective, limiting the number of user profiles on the iSeries that possess unnecessary special authorities (or having a powerful user classes or have no or partial limited capability), and then use policies to grant the required elevated authorities for a specific task or need to access sensitive data that is outside the user’s normal role. Elevated authorities can be granted by several different means on the iSeries, and PAM solutions greatly differ in their flexibility, how they can be implemented and integrated into applications, change management systems and ticketing systems. When looking at solutions and specifications for Profile Swap, Adopted Authority and PAM requirements, consider your iSeries environment and all external systems and processes you will need to play a role in the end solution. Some likely features needed for a successful PAM implementation may include: Integration with Ticket System for end to end management or has built in Ticketing abilityIntegration with SYSLOG Server, SOC or SIEMAbility to use *SWAP and/or *ADOPTControl access to menus, specific commands, files, objects, actions, applications, exit points, ports and Open Query toolsControl amount of time elevated authorities are usedAutomated rules triggered by source User ID, Group Profile, Supplemental Group, user lists and command line accessAutomated rules triggered by day, date range, time, job name, IP address, IASP, Program or other environmental criteriaAllow Firecall emergency access initiated by specified usersLog explanation for using elevated authorityDetailed auditing and reporting: job logs, screen captures, exit points, system journal, database journals, SQL Statements, etc.Trigger AlertsIntegrate with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)Invoke Four Eyes principle for supervised changes After this process has been thoroughly outlined, identify the solutions that meet these requirements and conduct a...
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GDPR Data Protection for IBM i iSeries AS400

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General Data Protection Regulation GDPR data protection law applies to any company that transmits, store or process personal data of individuals living in countries in the European Union, such as insurance, healthcare, financial, retail and like B2C industries. This GDPR article addresses data protection recommendations for the ...
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SIEM Machine Learning AI and Behavior Analytics

SIEM Machine Learning AI and Behavior Analytics
Cybersecurity breaches caused by employees account for roughly 75% of all data breaches. Internal security threats are usually among the costliest attacks and remain the hardest to detect and solve. Even with the numerous security defenses and controls, user account compromises are still one of the most commonly used methods of attack. Employee awa...
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​iSeries MFA Multi-Factor Authentication

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iSeries MFA provides Multi-Factor Authentication to prevent unauthorized user access to systems by adding two or more authentication requirements before allowing access to the IBM i system through 5250 OS400 Sign-on or other applications running on the AS400 system. IBM i MFA is being driven primarily by increased cybersecurity threats, a...
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QRadar SIEM Varonis app

QRadar SIEM Varonis app
The QRadar SIEM app list grew even larger last month with the addition of 2 more cybersecurity vendors. Varonis Systems, Inc., a pioneer in data security and analytics, launched an app for integration with QRadar SIEM security intelligence platform that provides companies with comprehensive visibility and response capabilities for all data security...
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Defending Against Cybersecurity threats in 2019

Defending Against Cybersecurity threats in 2019
Webroot just released their latest cybersecurity threat report after analyzing data from the first half of 2018, and results show hardware can be just as vulnerable to attacks due to exploitable flaws as the software that runs on it. Meltdown and Spectre were the clear winners, affecting almost every device known to mankind that has a processor. It...
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QRadar recognized as SIEM leader 10 years in a row

QRadar recognized as SIEM leader 10 years in a row
QRadar SIEM Security Intelligence Platform is recognized as a Leader for the 10th consecutive year in the latest Forrester comparison report "Wave on Security Analytics". IBM has made many significant enhancements to QRadar over the years, outpacing its competitors in the SIEM security information and event management market place, particularly inn...
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QRadar App for Cloud Infrastructures

QRadar App for Cloud Infrastructures
QRadar Cloud Visibility app on the x-Force app exchange is for managing and providing security for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and IBM Cloud environments. This app should not be confused with QRadar on Cloud offering for IBM SIEM Saas. This free QRadar app leverages existing QRadar cloud integrations that bri...
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QRadar adds TruSTAR Threat Intelligence App

QRadar adds TruSTAR Threat Intelligence App
QRadar​ TruSTAR's app enables ingestion of OSINT, 3rd party cybersecurity threat intelligence, ISAC/ISAO feeds and your own internal data into your QRadar instance. TruSTAR is a threat intelligence platform designed to accelerate incident analysis process and exchange of intelligence among various internal and external teams. This App all...
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Cybersecurity AI and SIEM Security Machine Learning

Cybersecurity AI and SIEM Security Machine Learning
Cybersecurity AI integrated SIEM Security tools accurately identify and prevent attacks in a fraction of the time and cost humans are capable, using security automation. Companies are struggling to identify and keep up with cybersecurity, internal threats and vulnerabilities in a timely manner, which are mainly due to manual processes and...
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The Big Difference Between Power9's Industry Standard Memory vs Buffered Memory

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POWER9 Memory changes and what it means. Our last article was about the primary changes made to the POWER Systems, scale out line up with the release of the first set of POWER9 (You can view some of the POWER9 benchmarks here) servers back in February. We briefly covered several of the changes including the change made to the type of...
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SIEM and SYSLOG Forwarding Tutorial

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This is the first of a series of short videos on the SIEM and SYSLOG forwarding tool for the AS400 platform… or iSeries IBM i if you prefer.This first session is focused on the configuration or setup needed to start sending your AS400 event logs to your SIEM or SYSLOG server.As you will see, it only takes a couple minutes to setup up. For those not...
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