We need to talk about the possibility of your mainframe being hacked.
Not talking about it won’t make the problem go away. In fact, ignoring the issue has the potential to make things even worse. Somebody, half-jokingly, once called me the Big Bad Wolf. That got me thinking: don’t build your mainframe security out of straw or wood, build it from brick. Otherwise, Mr. Hacker may huff and puff and blow your mainframe down. The real problem is that most mainframe “houses” that I see are built of straw and liable to burn down at any minute. A few are wood, but still easy to knock down. The brick ones are rare.
Read more for Mark Wilson’s take on mainframe security.