Newsletters Enhances Dump-and-Log Security announced a new release of its system dump and log anonymization solution, SF-SafeDump for z/OS mainframes. Version 4.1 includes new capabilities including zIIP support of up to 95%, which will cut the cost of contractually and legally mandated anonymization procedures to a minimum. Version 4.1 also supports additional dump and log types.

Whenever systems or applications run into problems, or even crash, they create system dumps and logs. “Far from being a harmless collection of technical information, dumps and logs frequently contain large amounts of sensitive company and client data or even top-level business and trade secrets as part of the captured computer memory,” says Stephen Fedtke, CTO of “Sending such dumps and logs to software vendors’ technical support, whose teams mostly reside in other countries, may violate data protection laws or compliance obligations, such as SOX, PCI, DISA STIG, NIST 800-53, FISMA, HIPAA, Basel II or BSI, and could result in law suits or fines.”

A typical mainframe data center “sends out more than one hundred dumps a year – with an average size of 2 GB each,” says Fedtke. “This is a terrible position to be in – not to mention the problems it poses for large-scale data centers, such as those run by outsourcing and cloud service providers, the military, and the government.”

To eliminate these legal and security risks, launched its dump and log anonymization solution SF-SafeDump. SF-SafeDump enables users to anonymize system dumps and logs before sending them out. SF-SafeDump supports the z/OS mainframe platform, with support for other leading operating systems to be added in the near future. SF-SafeDump now also includes zIIP support.

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