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Syncsort’s IBM i Security Innovations Help Address GDPR Compliance Challenges


Syncsort has introduced new additions to its Syncsort Assure family of products that can be used to help address compliance challenges faced by IT leaders. The new capabilities in Syncsort’s IBM i security products can help IT leaders streamline compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and strengthen security with multi-factor authentication.

According to a recent report based on surveys of 5,632 IT professionals about their data protection strategies and associated IT priorities, 52% of IBM Power System users will focus security investments on compliance auditing and reporting in 2018. Additionally, 28% of respondents said they anticipate growing regulatory complexity as a security challenge in the coming year. GDPR is a high priority requirement for any organization that stores, processes, or otherwise uses data relating to European Union citizens. Enforcement went into effect in May 2018, with stiff penalties for non-compliance.

Syncsort’s Cilasoft Compliance and Security Suite for IBM i and Syncsort’s Enforcive Enterprise Security Suite provide tools that can help organizations comply with regulatory requirements and address security auditing and control policies. In response to the current market challenges highlighted in the survey report, new releases of both security suites provide technology that can be used to help to accelerate and maintain compliance with GDPR.

In particular, multi-factor authentication is required in many compliance regulations such as PCI-DSS 3.2, NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulation, Swift Alliance Access, and HIPAA. Multi-factor authentication strengthens login security by requiring more than a password or passphrase, and only granting access after two or more authentication factors have been verified.

To help organizations fulfill regulatory requirements and improve the security of their IBM i system and applications, Syncsort has delivered the new, RSA-certified Cilasoft Reinforced Authentication Manager for IBM i (RAMi). RAMi’s rules engine facilitates the set-up of multi-factor authentication screens for users or situations that require it, based on specific criteria. RAMi’s authentication features also enable self-service user profile re-enablement and password changes and support the “four eyes principle” of supervised changes to sensitive data.

The new innovations in the Syncsort Assure portfolio products follow the recent acquisition of IBM i data privacy products from Townsend Security, whose  Alliance Encryption and Security Suite can be used to address protection of sensitive information and compliance with multi-factor authentication, encryption, tokenization, secure file transfer and system log collection.


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