It seems rather obvious, but data can either be stored somewhere, or it can be travelling from one location to another. This is what they call data at rest and data in transit. There is one lot of security provisions to ensure that the data being stored is secure and cannot be accessed by unauthorized people. There is a completely different set of security provisions for data as it is transmitted over the Internet or a 4G network.
With so much talk of big data, and with customers and potential customers having access to corporate information, there is probably more data in transit these days than at any time in the past. To be honest, a lot of the data being transmitted has no value, except to the people sending and receiving it (think photographs of your dinner). But for large organizations, data is the life blood of the company. It’s what allows them to grow and change with changes in the marketplace. It’s what they use to predict what customers will want next. Their data has real value to them – and is not something that they can afford to share with competitors or criminal hackers. They need to ensure their data in transit is completely secure from one end of the network to the other.
One well-known piece of communications data encryption and decryption software is PGP (Pretty Good Privacy). It was created in 1991 by Phil Zimmermann, and can be used for signing, encrypting, and decrypting texts, emails, files, directories, and whole disk partitions. Over the intervening years, PGP has been developed and enhanced and is now available as E-Business Server from SDS. E-Business Server not only provides encryption and authentication on z/OS, but also works on Linux, Unix, and Windows platforms.
E-Business Server provides:
- Encryption and decryption
- Generation of key pairs and split keys
- Creation and authentication of digital signatures
- OpenPGP encryption, 128-bit minimum
- Data compression
- Encryption for files larger than 4GB
- Browser-based control panel to manage multiple servers
E-Business Server is designed for Fortune 1,000 corporations and government agencies that need a large-scale data-protection suite to protect data at rest and in transit. Using PGP technology and versatile APIs, E-Business Server offers strong encryption that integrates with the widest range of applications and platforms. Even if the recipients use unencrypted networks, the data you transmit to them remains secure from end to end.
Importantly, because it is regularly updated with state-of-the-art encryption algorithms and other security features, E-Business Server meets the stringent requirements of a wide range of auditing and compliance organizations, including the PCI (Payment Card Industry) Security Standards Council. Data security is mandated by SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley), FFIEC (Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council), GLBA (Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), and HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health).
It’s also straightforward to use, allowing users to set up and manage multiple servers from a single console using simple commands, and embed automated security protocols into proprietary and third-party applications or batch processing using mainframe scripting or optional native APIs. There are APIs for C, Java, z/OS REXX, and SYSREXX. It also provides automatic conversions between EBCDIC and ASCII.
SDS has again improved E-Business Server this year, including:
- Compression and decompression with either zLib or zip. Compression matches the preference specified in the key. That means broader compatibility with other OpenPGP implementations.
- ISPF interface on z/OS TSO
- 64-bit implementations for Windows®, Linux®, and Java® API
- SHA256, SHA384, and SHA512 hash algorithms for DSA keys
- DSS/DSA signing keys in 2048 and 3072 bits, size of signing and encryption keys separately defined
- Once 9.0.0 or better is installed, upgrade to new version on Windows without uninstalling the old one
- EBSMAP program for mapping PGP messages, run from the command line or a Windows graphic interface
Take a look at E-Business Server if your company transmits sensitive or proprietary data. It provides the encryption and security you need, and it’s designed for companies that require the highest levels of protection for data stored internally, transmitted within the organization, or distributed beyond its firewalls. On top of that, using OpenPGP technology and versatile API means E-Business Server offers strong encryption that integrates with the widest range of applications and platforms.