For a long time the IBM z/OS mainframe platform has been viewed as “inherently” secure, implying that the platform is secure by virtue of its foundational design. This myth has led many mainframe organizations to believe that hardly anything needs to be done to augment the platform to keep it secure. The assumption that the mainframe is “bullet proof”, combined with the slow but steady decline in mainframe-specific security expertise, has resulted in mainframe security being taken for granted in many organizations.

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