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IBM Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager solves security problems and meets new standards


Arnold adds it’s important to introduce the encryption without operational overhead. “You don’t want to have to manage a key for every user or a key for every storage volume. You want this just to work transparently, reliably, in the background,” he says. “You don’t want the cost to go in and retrofit all sort of stuff on your System z platform, change job control language, or put in new code to intercept database calls, et cetera. All of that is far more complex, far more costly, far more likely to have problems.” Instead, customers are looking at using encryption on the hardware, eliminating performance penalties. TKLM can do that.

The Way to Go

TKLM is designed to provide exceptional client value because it helps reduce encryption-management costs related to setup, use and expiration of encryption keys. It helps ensure against loss of information due to key mismanagement.

“We think encryption is going to be everywhere and it will require this standard to manage, but System z customers should know they’re going to be fully supported and be able to manage all their security from their System z platform,” Arnold says. He adds competitors will come knocking with schemes to move off the IBM mainframe and use their appliances instead, wasting the time, energy, expertise and investment.

“Customers who’ve made the investment with IBM have the most secure, highly available platform,” Arnold says. “They don’t need to move to anything else because they have everything they need.”

Tami Deedrick is the former managing editor of IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems edition.



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