A False Sense of Mainframe Security: How Overconfidence and Complacency Leave Companies Vulnerable to Attack

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Mainframes are often considered one of the most secure data environments, but organizations are mistaken to believe that mainframes are inherently secure. In reality, secure means ‘securable.’

This whitepaper explores the current perceptions of mainframe security, the readiness of companies to prepare and secure the mainframe for a modern enterprise and the benefits of having a more secure mainframe.

BMC commissioned Forrester Consulting to evaluate the tools, actions and maturity of mainframe security in enterprises. The research found that while some enterprises embrace mainframe security as a top priority, there are many who have work to do to properly secure their mainframe.

Key research findings:

  • Only 41% of organizations are taking the steps needed to actively secure the mainframe
  • Over 80% of businesses have the right tools but still experience major security events
  • Mainframe security maturity drives clear benefits of reduced risk and increased efficiency

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