Published on 01-Jul-2009
"“Tivoli zSecure delivers the reports we need to meet the demands of security, audit and regulatory requirements such as SOX. By easing the burden of audits, our security administrators can focus their time on improving security quality.” " - —Damien Dunne, Mainframe Systems Manager, Allied Irish Banks
Allied Irish Banks (AIB)
Security, Service Management
IBM Business Partner:
To help it rigorously enforce security and reduce security administration, AIB replaced its existing mainframe security system with IBM RACF and Tivoli zSecure software.
AIB needed to become more agile and cost-effective in serving its retail customers
Working with IBM Business Partner RSM Partners, AIB replaced its existing mainframe security software with an IBM Service Management solution that helps it to stay ahead of security threats and lower the cost of compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
Expected reduction in administration effort; Strengthened security efforts with proactive and deep auditing of the security configuration; Enabled staff to respond quickly to configuration errors and security breaches
Allied Irish Banks streamlines compliance and risk management efforts with IBM Tivoli zSecure software
Headquartered in Dublin, Allied Irish Banks (AIB) offers a wide range of personal banking services. With operations in Ireland, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States, AIB employs more than 25,000 people worldwide in more than 750 offices.
As competition and regulation increased, AIB—Ireland’s largest bank—needed to become more agile and cost-effective in serving its retail customers if it were to remain a major player in the European banking market. The organization embarked on a complete transformation of its retail banking system, implementing the new solution on the IBM® System z® platform running z/OS®. As part of the transformation, AIB sought to replace its existing mainframe security system. AIB needed a comprehensive suite of security tools that would help it rigorously enforce security as well as automate administration and auditing for both the new banking platform and its legacy environments.
Working with IBM Business Partner RSM Partners, AIB replaced its existing mainframe security software with an IBM Service Management solution that helps it to stay ahead of security threats and lower the cost of compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. Using IBM RACF® and IBM Tivoli® zSecure software, AIB security administrators can now:
- Conduct proactive and deep auditing of the security configuration to detect and report on exposures and concerns.
- Monitor its environment in realtime for configuration errors, exposures and intruders so administrators can take immediate action and minimize the risk of costly breaches.
- Access comprehensive and customizable reports to reduce audit overhead while addressing security, audit and regulatory requirements such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX).
- Automatically track changes to z/OS and RACF security to help staff to quickly determine if system resources are at risk.
Because RACF is integrated into the IBM z/OS operating system, the organization reduced additional upgrade and testing work previously required to integrate the ISV-provided mainframe security product. This has been instrumental in helping to reduce costs, strengthen security and simplify operations.
According to AIB, Tivoli zSecure software eased the transition to the RACF security system. The user-friendly interfaces, interactive command generation, automated procedures and comprehensive online help of Tivoli zSecure software allowed security administrators and help desk personnel to rapidly gain the z/OS and RACF security skills and knowledge they needed. Tivoli zSecure software also helps AIB to confirm that security administrators comply with security policy and procedures. In cases in which an administrator inputs a non-compliant RACF command, the software can either automatically stop or correct the action. This helps AIB reduce RACF database cleanup efforts and rapidly apply security policy to prevent security exposures. By reducing security administration efforts, staff can better focus on quality control processes that help to improve audit scores, change tracking and overall monitoring of the environment.
- Expected reduction in administration effort
- Strengthened security efforts with proactive and deep auditing of the security configuration
- Enabled staff to respond quickly to configuration errors and security breaches
Allied Irish Banks
IBM® Resource Access Control Facility (RACF®)
IBM System z9® running IBM z/OS® 1.9
IBM Security zSecure 1.9
IBM Security zSecure Admin
IBM Security zSecure Alert
IBM Security zSecure Audit
IBM Security zSecure Command Verifier
IBM Security zSecure Visual
IBM Business Partner:
“Tivoli zSecure delivers the reports we need to meet the demands of security, audit and regulatory requirements such as SOX. By easing the burden of audits, our security administrators can focus their time on improving security quality.”
—Damien Dunne, Mainframe Systems Manager, Allied Irish Banks
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