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Raising our game: making identity management and SIEM work for the mainframe Part 2

Raising our game: making identity management and SIEM work for the mainframe Part 2

Are we taking modern security on the modern mainframe seriously enough? I don’t think so. In part one of this blog, I explained how the mainframe was operating in silos from a security, governance and compliance perspective. This means the platform is not routinely hooked-in to identity management systems, privileged access management (PAM) solutions, and…

GSE UK

Looking back at 2021… and ahead to GSE UK in 2022

We are now well into 2022, a useful time to reflect on the last year and what this year has in store for GSE UK and its members, writes James Harper. By the start of 2021, we’d all become more used to working from home, to meeting via Teams or Zoom rather than face-to-face, and…

Blog from Jamie Pease: Are we taking modern security on the modern mainframe seriously enough? I don’t think so. A while ago, I asked a mainframe shop why their identity management solution was hooked up to the majority of their platforms - except for the mainframe. I was told, “Oh, we heard there were scalability and reliability issues.” This was pure hearsay: nobody could tell me the source.

Raising our game: making identity management and SIEM work for the mainframe – Part 1

Blog from Jamie Pease: Are we taking modern security on the modern mainframe seriously enough? I don’t think so. A while ago, I asked a mainframe shop why their identity management solution was hooked up to the majority of their platforms – except for the mainframe. I was told, “Oh, we heard there were scalability and reliability issues.” This was pure hearsay: nobody could tell me the source.

This is not a pipe

Part 2 – This is not a pipe, it’s a pipeline: becoming a DevOps DBA

Last time, I quoted Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte, his ‘This is not a pipe’ painting and his comment that ‘Perception always intercedes between reality and ourselves.’

This is not a pipe

Part 1 – This is not a pipe, it’s a pipeline: becoming a DevOps DBA

In 1929, Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte painted ‘The Treachery of Images’ aka ‘This is not a pipe’. He said, ‘Perception always intercedes between reality and ourselves.’ Pipes were ubiquitous then, as smartphones are today.

Resli Costabell

Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome is what’s going on when despite being competent, you feel a bit of a fraud. Impostor Syndrome is very common – including among highly capable senior hot-shots.

While the path to digital transformation is often considered the most significant modernization initiative in the history of the mainframe,  the growing yet opposing challenge being posed by a burgeoning skills gap is threatening to slow down or delay many projects.

Does the future DBA need to be a data scientist?

While the path to digital transformation is often considered the most significant modernization initiative in the history of the mainframe, the growing yet opposing challenge being posed by a burgeoning skills gap is threatening to slow down or delay many projects.

I had a ‘latte’ of fun working with the Broadcom team to put together this year’s GSE UK keynote session, “Colleagues in Corvettes Getting Cappuccinos.” We invite you to “ride along” with us as we discuss mainframe topics ranging from security, DevOps, and AIOps, to becoming a new mainframer.

Colleagues in Corvettes* Getting Cappuccinos

I had a ‘latte’ of fun working with the Broadcom team to put together this year’s GSE UK keynote session, “Colleagues in Corvettes Getting Cappuccinos.” We invite you to “ride along” with us as we discuss mainframe topics ranging from security, DevOps, and AIOps, to becoming a new mainframer.

GSE NEWS

SecOps, SOAR, and the Mainframe

In the mainframe context, Security Operations is the uniting of two distinct teams: mainframe and security. In today’s cybersecurity landscape where every endpoint, including the mainframe, is a potential target, mainframe and security operations need to work together to be successful.

As enterprises look for ways to accelerate the delivery of new feature/function to stay ahead in a disrupt-or-be-disrupted world, cloud-native has become the standard for how clients develop, deploy, and manage innovative cloud services at the speed of business.

Embracing Cloud Native for Mission Critical Workloads

As enterprises look for ways to accelerate the delivery of new feature/function to stay ahead in a disrupt-or-be-disrupted world, cloud-native has become the standard for how clients develop, deploy, and manage innovative cloud services at the speed of business.

As this year’s conference is free to attend, we are asking all delegates to make a donation to our chosen charities, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Donate to Conference Charities to Win Great Raffle Prizes

As this year’s conference is free to attend, we are asking all delegates to make a donation to our chosen charities, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The GSE UK Virtual Conference has 10 vendor sponsors for 2021: IBM, BMC and Broadcom are Platinum Sponsors; Micro Focus is a Gold Sponsor; Luminex, SMT Data and Beta Systems are Silver Sponsors; and MainTegrity, Rocket, Zetaly and Macro 4 are Session Sponsors.

Unstoppable, unmissable: GSE UK’s Virtual Conference 2021

The GSE UK Virtual Conference has 10 vendor sponsors for 2021: IBM, BMC and Broadcom are Platinum Sponsors; Micro Focus is a Gold Sponsor; Luminex, SMT Data and Beta Systems are Silver Sponsors; and MainTegrity, Rocket, Zetaly and Macro 4 are Session Sponsors.

GSE UK nominated charities for the 2021 Virtual Conference

GSE UK choose nominated charities for the 2021 Virtual Conference

The 2021 GSE UK Conference will be supporting the RNLI and Guide Dogs for the Blind as our nominated charities this year. To take part please go to our Virgin Money Giving page and donate.

The GSE UK annual conference depends on the support of partners and sponsors. Why do these organisations support us, and what do they think of the event? We hear from three: BMC Software, Zetaly and Luminex (Partner One).

A word from our 2021 Conference sponsors …

The GSE UK annual conference depends on the support of partners and sponsors. Why do these organisations support us, and what do they think of the event? We hear from three: BMC Software, Zetaly and Luminex (Partner One).

Blog: As a child, Sophie Green was inspired by TV show Dragon’s Den to create a Book of Inventions – “I’d forgotten about the book until I received the title of Master Inventor at IBM,” she writes. “This is given to inventors who are prolific, strive to innovate, and who mentor and encourage others to do the same.”

From Dragon’s Den to Master Inventor

Blog: As a child, Sophie Green was inspired by TV show Dragon’s Den to create a Book of Inventions – “I’d forgotten about the book until I received the title of Master Inventor at IBM,” she writes. “This is given to inventors who are prolific, strive to innovate, and who mentor and encourage others to do the same.”

The Guide Share Europe (GSE) UK conference from 2 November – 11 November 2021 will, once again, be online for 2021. Micro Focus is still signing up to support, says Derek Britton.

Still Unstoppable: Why Micro Focus is backing GSE UK

The Guide Share Europe (GSE) UK conference from 2 November – 11 November 2021 will, once again, be online for 2021. Micro Focus is still signing up to support, says Derek Britton.

IBM

The sustainable beast in the countdown to net zero

Blog: Co-chair of GSE UK’s Large Systems Working Group, Joe Kingham has spent recent months looking into the field of tech sustainability through an IBM Z lens. In February, IBM quietly announced its commitment to being carbon neutral by 2030.

GSE UK Blog: a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society, Aileen Wynne is part of the GSE UK leadership team. “If you want to be challenged and to keep learning as long as you’re working, then mainframes are the best career in the world.”

The best job in the world?

GSE UK Blog: a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society, Aileen Wynne is part of the GSE UK leadership team. “If you want to be challenged and to keep learning as long as you’re working, then mainframes are the best career in the world.”

GSE UK Blog: What a great start to 2021 for the GSE UK Enterprise Security Working Group (ESWG). Our February meeting featured over 8 hours of content, covering a variety of topics to cater for Mainframe and Security people.

GSE UK Security Working Group – February 2021

GSE UK Blog: What a great start to 2021 for the GSE UK Enterprise Security Working Group (ESWG). Our February meeting featured over 8 hours of content, covering a variety of topics to cater for Mainframe and Security people.

A mainframe consultant with more than 25 years’ experience and a member of the GSE UK leadership team for the last few years, Anji Stephens is the new UK technical co-ordinator for GSE UK.

Meet the team: our new technical co-ordinator

A mainframe consultant with more than 25 years’ experience and a member of the GSE UK leadership team for the last few years, Anji Stephens is the new UK technical co-ordinator for GSE UK.

GSE UK - Webinar

Save the date: GSE UK annual conference 2021

With the last year bringing home the need for flexibility, we are working towards an online event. We are still shaping the final format of the conference, but know it will take place in the first two weeks of November 2021, from 2-4 and 9-11 November.

GSE UK is here for you

GSE UK is here for you

I want to take this opportunity as new GSE UK Region Manager to send best wishes from the entire GSE UK team, and our hopes for a year that’s hopefully so much better than 2020. More problems lie ahead, but brighter times too. And whatever happens, GSE will be here to provide you with help…

ibm

Parachutes, haystacks and corruption: mainframe data protection

Blog: Andy Coulson explains that when it comes to mainframe data protection, it’s always wise to consider the various scenarios of failure and to plan for safety. “It makes sense to continue considering the possibilities: over time, the risk assessment can change, with previously unusual causes of failure becoming more likely … entirely new risks to consider. When you’re considering the health and wellbeing of your mainframe infrastructure, resilience, recovery and cybersecurity are more important than ever.”

Rob Stroud

What has GSE UK ever done for us?

Blog: the virtually unstoppable Rob Stroud, a 25-year veteran of GSE UK and its conference, explains why it makes sense to be part of ‘the essential IT knowledge network’. “For me, GSE is about developing careers – and helping you look after your customers.”

Marcus Davage

The state we’re in: DevOps in 2020-21

Blog: first observed in Belgium in 2009, DevOps will soon hit its teenage years. Will the transition to maturity be smooth or shaky? Complementing Agile, DevOps aims to deliver software “better, faster, safer and cheaper” than before but is it achieving that? What’s the current state of play – and what does the future hold?

Compuware blog: Automated testing provides extraordinary benefits including a marked increase in the quality, velocity, and efficiency of your software delivery.

Implementing Agile and DevOps on the mainframe: automated testing for faster innovation

Compuware blog: Automated testing provides extraordinary benefits including a marked increase in the quality, velocity, and efficiency of your software delivery.

Stuart Ashby - GSE UK

How compelling events can change our world

Blog: Stuart Ashby describes how every now and then, the pace of change suddenly accelerates, and 2020 has been one of those times. ‘The pandemic has been a tipping point in so many ways. The genie is out of the bottle when it comes to home working. In a pandemic and post-coronavirus world, every organization will have to become an IT company in that regard …’

GSE NEWS

The confidential computer – why use one that isn’t?

Blog: Andy Coulson says that as the threat vectors and technology evolve, security responses are driving deeper and deeper towards the hardware heart of systems. We need to take a wider view …

Blog: Jamie Pease discusses the mindset and wiring of a true Mainframe Security Professional. How do they think and approach things?

The mindset of a Mainframe Security Professional – how are you wired?

Blog: Jamie Pease discusses the mindset and wiring of a true Mainframe Security Professional. How do they think and approach things?

Blog: What to expect at the GSE UK Virtual Conference 2020 running for two consecutive weeks including 120+ technical and training sessions to be published as a full conference agenda.

Fighting fit in lockdown: driving towards our virtual conference

Blog: What to expect at the GSE UK Virtual Conference 2020 running for two consecutive weeks including 120+ technical and training sessions to be published as a full conference agenda.

GSE UK Virtual Meeting

Update on the GSE UK Virtual Conference 2020

The GSE UK Virtual Conference 2020, 2nd to 12th November, will be FREE for all attendees and feature an opening keynote from Mark Anzani of IBM.

ibm

We need to talk about mainframe recruitment, urgently!

Blog: Planning for the Covid-19 post-pandemic world is already happening. Unless mainframers have a plan for bringing a new generation of people and ideas onto the platform, decline and obsolescence are our most serious risk.

NHS Charities Together has been chosen as the nominated charity for this year's virtual conference

Charity chosen for GSE UK Virtual Conference 2020

NHS Charities Together has been chosen as the nominated charity for this year’s virtual conference

Part of our job as GSE is to engage with C-level executives in the language they understand. This is about reframing the conversation.

In the driving seat: how to engage with C-level executives

Part of our job as GSE is to engage with C-level executives in the language they understand. This is about reframing the conversation.

IBM Z

Developing a healthy mainframe ecosystem

Blog by Mark Wilson: Guide, Share and Engage is what GSE does. Networking is essential to GSE so we can develop and shape a healthy mainframe ecosystem that benefits all. I was 16 years old when I started working in mainframes as a trainee operator. That was May 1980—which means my fortieth anniversary in the…

GSE UK Virtual Conference 2020 announcement

GSE UK Virtual Conference 2020 announcement

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis GSE UK has decided to postpone the Conference at Celtic Manor to 2021. The provisional dates for this are now 2nd – 4th November 2021. To replace the physical conference in 2020, we will be holding a free of charge virtual conference during November. The date and time of these virtual…

Become part of Europe’s most influential IBM user group: if you want to know what’s happening in the industry today, what’s coming down the line and how you can benefit, join GSE UK today.

Join GSE UK – the benefits are clear

Become part of Europe’s most influential IBM user group: if you want to know what’s happening in the industry today, what’s coming down the line and how you can benefit, join GSE UK today.

Barnardo’s thanks GSE UK

Barnardo’s thanks GSE UK

Carrie Bater, Regional Fundraising Manager – Midlands at Barnardo’s had this to say following receipt of monies raised by GSE UK 2019 Conference attendees: “I wanted to say a massive thank you for making the donation raised at the GSE Conference. £2361 is such an amazing amount to have raised from a raffle, especially when…

GSE UK chosen charity 2020

GSE Charity Donations from the 2019 Conference

Every year the GSE UK Conference chooses two charities to donate raffle and prize money to. The 2019 Conference donated £2361 to Barnardo's and £2361 to Mencap.  Barnardo's was chosen for the wonderful work it does protecting children and supporting young people ... ... and Mencap for their work in valuing and supporting people with…

Call for Papers GSE UK Conference 2020

Call for Papers GSE UK Conference 2020

Invitations are invited for presentations for the 2020 GSE Annual conference. The conference is organized by GSE UK and will take place at the Celtic Manor Resort from the 10th to 12th November 2020. This is our 27th year of delivering the GSE conference for our members and attendance has grown year on year. We…

GSE UK Conference - Celtic Manor

Exciting new venue announced for GSE UK Conference 2020

The GSE UK team is pleased to announce that the 2020 conference will be held at the Celtic Manor Resort from the 10th to 12th November 2020.

GSE conference 2019

2020 vision with GSE UK: latest videos posted

GSE UK team would like to wish all our members, volunteers and supporters a happy and prosperous 2020

GSE Conference 2019

GSE UK Conference 2019 a Major Success

The GSE UK Conference 2019 – ‘Dock into the Dark Side’ – was the most successful UK conference yet, enabling us to meet our promise to guide, share and engage.

Annual GSE UK Conference

Annual GSE UK Conference

The 2019 conference will once more be held at Whittlebury Hall Hotel for three full days of intensive education across a broad range of mainframe topics.

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