BMC Updates Security Capabilities
July 21, 2021

BMC announced several new innovations and integrations within the BMC Automated Mainframe Intelligence (BMC AMI) and BMC Compuware portfolios designed to improve threat detection and response and expand access to mainstream DevOps tools to modernize mainframe applications and increase developer productivity.

These updates enable users to:

- Uncover weaknesses and malicious activity before a compromise occurs with automated detection and response to suspicious or unusual, privileged user activity.

- Accelerate development team output with new integrations that simplify continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) pipelines, as well as orchestrate automated deployments across multiple platforms.

- Increase mainframe performance and resilience with a solution that diagnoses potential Java Virtual Machine (JVM) performance issues, a valued capability given the increase in Java applications running on mainframes.

- Improve the mainframe developer and systems programmer experience with a contribution to the Open Mainframe Project's Zowe framework.

The fastest route to mainframe data is through privileged accounts, as well as supervisor and credentialed-call activities. These accounts can be compromised by external attackers or malicious internal users who can issue call activities that allow them to access and steal valuable data. Even worse, once compromised, they are an effective way for attackers to deploy ransomware, avoid detection, and increase their dwell time.

The new and expanded supervisor call screener and Unix® System Service (USS) data enrichment for the BMC AMI Security solution surfaces calls that might indicate malicious activities and quickly shows user actions with superuser privileges. This solution provides all BMC AMI Security customers with an added level of security protection against compromised privileged user accounts to stop and prevent threat campaigns, insider theft, or unseen privilege levels that may lead to future attacks.

BMC continues to expand access to mainstream DevOps-enabled tools to empower mainframe developers across all experience levels to deliver modern mainframe applications.

The BMC Compuware ISPW solution now integrates with GitHub Actions and HCL Launch to further automate the mainframe application development and deployment process, reducing cost and complexity.

GitHub Actions and HCL Launch extend the existing built-in CI/CD integrations in the BMC Compuware ISPW solution, which include Jenkins, Git, GitLab, GitHub, VS Code, and REST APIs. With GitHub Actions, users can reduce errors and improve application quality by setting up CI/CD pipelines with automated workflows.

HCL Launch enables developers to orchestrate automated deployments across multiple environments with a single click. HCL Launch also broadens the existing CD integrations from BMC with Release and CloudBees Flow to make deployments faster and easier.

Customers can now also use an HCL Launch plug-in for the BMC AMI DevOps for Db2 solution to automatically capture and propagate database changes across Db2® environments, in addition to Jenkins and IBM® UrbanCode® Deploy.

The BMC AMI Ops Monitor for Java Environments solution automatically discovers all JVMs across z/OS®. It enables users to find and fix problems quickly by identifying performance issues caused by JVMs and understanding their impact on other workloads. New, extended capabilities ensure higher availability and better response time by enabling the mainframe to take diagnostic actions and see information about the APIs and services used by JVMs.

The new Workflow WiZard tool from BMC has been accepted as part of the Open Mainframe Project's Zowe, an integrated and extensible open source framework for z/OS. Workflow WiZard makes the job of developers and systems programmers easier by streamlining the installation, configuration, and maintenance of IBM and ISV z/OS software products. This contribution emphasizes the company's commitment to the Open Mainframe Project and provides an opportunity to collaborate with the mainframe community and increase innovation on the z/OS platform.

"Clients rely on BMC to support their mainframe transformation. We prevent insider threats to the mainframe, increase software delivery, quality, velocity, and efficiency, and strengthen operational resilience," said John McKenny, Senior VP and GM, Intelligent Z Optimization and Transformation at BMC. "With new and expanded capabilities for our BMC AMI and BMC Compuware solutions, they can continue to turn the mainframe into a hub of innovation for every Autonomous Digital Enterprise."

Share this

Industry News

July 29, 2021

Couchbase announced the general availability of Couchbase Server 7.

July 29, 2021

Cycloid has unveiled Infra Import, a tool that automatically reverse engineers Terraform Infra-as-Code (IaC) from manually deployed infrastructure.

July 29, 2021

Launchable closed a $9.5 million Series A investment.

July 29, 2021

Rafay Systems announced automation and monitoring enhancements to its flagship Kubernetes Management Cloud (KMC).

July 28, 2021

Progress announced the R2 2021 release of Progress Telerik Test Studio, the enterprise UI test automation platform.

July 28, 2021

Synopsys announced the availability of new Rapid Scan capabilities within the company's Coverity static application security testing (SAST) and Black Duck software composition analysis (SCA) solutions.

July 28, 2021

Bitdefender announced GravityZone Security for Containers, expanding its cloud workload security (CWS) offering with run-time support for containers and Linux kernel independence.

July 28, 2021

Armory announced Armory Enterprise on AWS Quick Starts, automated reference deployments built by Amazon Web Services (AWS) solutions architects and AWS Partners.

July 27, 2021

Katalon introduced Katalon TestOps, an open and comprehensive test orchestration platform designed to help enterprises scale test automation and streamline DevOps pipelines.

July 27, 2021 achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) “In Process” status for an Enterprise Agile Planning (EAP) tool.

July 27, 2021

Aqua Security rolls out the availability of its new Aqua Platform, with a unified console to ease the journey from scanning and visibility to workload protection in cloud native environments.

July 26, 2021

Parallel Agile announced a new version of CodeBot, a low-code MERN stack application generator.

July 26, 2021

Appian unveiled its new Appian Japan regional office.

July 26, 2021

CloudTruth raised $5.25 million in seed funding led by Glasswing Ventures and Gutbrain Ventures, with additional funding from Stage 1 Ventures and York IE.

July 22, 2021

Postman successfully obtained the System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type 2 and SOC 3 Type 2 reports for the Postman API platform, meeting critical industry standards relative to the Trust Services Criteria for security, availability, and confidentiality.