Why Mainframe Data Management is Crucial for BI and Analytics

January 16, 2021

While the entire purpose of business intelligence (BI) is to find behavioral patterns in the data and infer future trends or actions that can benefit the business, many enterprises have been missing a key component: mainframe data. Without this precious core data, much of which is hidden in mainframe environments, BI and modern analytics won’t live up to their potential.

It has often been stated that data is “the new oil” that can power economic growth. If that’s true, then it is also true that mainframe data has been largely untapped, confined to use in traditional systems of record and given only the most limited exposure to modern analytics.

Enterprises must clearly find better ways of accessing, analyzing, and using the data they already possess. The mainframe must yield its secrets.


How Mainframe Data Got Buried

The mainframe environment has evolved with consistency for more than half a century. It’s been the rock on which many businesses built their IT infrastructure. Mainframes reliably sustained business processes, research, and even helped businesses adapt to the World Wide Web.

However, while the rest of IT has galloped toward shared industry standards and even open architectures in on-premises systems and in the cloud, mainframe has stood aloof and unmoved. It operates largely within a framework of proprietary hardware and software that did not readily share data – and perhaps didn’t need to.  But with the revolutionary pace of change, especially in the cloud, old notions of scale and cost have been cast aside. As big and as powerful as mainframe systems are, there are things the cloud can now do better.

Analytics is one of those things. For example, in the cloud no problem is too big. Effectively unlimited scale is available if needed. Just as significant, a whole host of analytic tools like Kibana, Splunk and Snowflake, have emerged to better examine not only structured data but also unstructured data which abounds in mainframes.

These tools have largely been deployed on “new”…


Lessons Learned from the Vaccine Supply Chain Attack | Supply Chain Risk Management

Like legitimate businesses, threat actors develop strategies and tactics to achieve their goals by taking advantage of security vulnerabilities. Before the December 2020 attack, confirmed by Pfizer, BioNTech and the European Medicines Agency, the hackers did reconnaissance in order to launch a spear-phishing email campaign. As attackers “try, try and try again” to get their hands on sensitive data, organizations must pay attention to cybersecurity basics to improve supply chain protection.

According to , office document phishing skyrocketed during the second half of Q3. In both a sensitive situation, like an election, or during ‘business as usual’, a lack of employee cybersecurity awareness offers a path of least resistance for attackers to infiltrate an organization through methods involving phone, text or email. Spear phishing, the highly targeted form of phishing, includes familiar names, words, phrases and calls to actions, knowing that a recipient is more likely to trust the source.

A click on a malicious email usually does one of two things. It injects something, likely a botnet, into the environment, or it downloads ransomware. A botnet gives hackers control over the computer, so attackers can monitor the environment and gather intelligence in a “slow as you go” way, honing in on the right person and computer for ransomware purposes. 

From a cybersecurity perspective, phishing attacks are an insider threat risk. If personnel are unaware of cyber-hygiene, they’re unaware of the threat they pose. 

Impacts on Vaccine Development and Distribution

Successful attacks on supply chains disrupt critical infrastructure by redirecting information and modifying logistics. Attackers wage ransomware attacks at institutions that have the financial resources to pay ransoms. 

breaches are financially motivated. A single successful intervention through an executive, researcher, scientist, manufacturing line worker, vendor employee or clinic/hospital worker, can unintentionally provide a big payday for attackers. With more companies racing to mass-produce and distribute vaccines, comes more opportunities for assailants to cash in.

A breach can influence vaccine viability…


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