Gateway for z Systems

Network Security and Cyber Defense for IBM z Systems

BlackRidge network security and cyber defense is available for IBM z Systems™ to protect against today's advanced cyber-attacks and insider and third-party threats.  The BlackRidge Gateway for z Systems is a software appliance solution that has achieved the Ready for IBM Security Intelligence for z Systems validation.

Ready for Security Intelligence

Designed to further protect IBM z Systems workloads and to protect new cloud deployments, the key use cases for BlackRidge include:

  • Real-time protection from insider threats and outside attacks
  • Protect distributed and hybrid cloud applications
  • Segment and isolate workloads to reduce risk and meet compliance

The gateway for z Systems is a self-contained, easy to deploy software appliance that runs on z/VM or an IFL (Integrated Facility for Linux) on a dedicated LPAR. The BlackRidge gateway does not require a Linux operating system to be deployed on the IFL.

BlackRidge gateways can be used to protect workloads on any z Systems resource regardless of the operating system deployed (e.g. z/OS, z/Linux, VSE, z/VM, and z/TPF). The BlackRidge gateway can isolate the mainframe workloads and administrative portals from any potential attacks originating from unauthorized internal users or from untrusted external devices. Individual engines can be isolated from other z Systems resource access or traffic essentially segmenting key applications or departmental assets for compliance.

BlackRidge software and systems are designed to be highly resilient and can be configured for high availability and fail-over. Security policies can be verified during deployment to ensure correction operation with progressive policy enforcement modes of bridge, monitor and audit, and then enforce mode.