From the Security Experts

October 17, 2012

To Secure Mainframe Infrastructure, SSH Communications Security Inks Enterprise-Wide Deal

By Contributing Writer

To deliver licenses, maintenance and support in order to secure its entire mainframe infrastructure, SSH Communications Security, known the world over as the inventor of the secure shell protocol, has signed an enterprise-wide agreement with a top 10 U.S. insurance company.

"Facing growing overhead costs and increasing security and compliance issues, this customer made the decision to move away from their existing patchwork of legacy file transfer solutions and select an SSH solution," said David Rivard, z/OS Product & Channel Manager. 

By eliminating unsecure FTP on the mainframe, SSH's mainframe offerings are uniquely positioned to help customers meet compliance and security objectives. For resolving its legacy application connectivity security and compliance issues, the customer found that the product's unique ability to convert FTP to SSH/SFTP on-the-fly was especially critical.

Tatu Ylonen, SSH’s CEO, stated that this year, this is the fourth major deal they have signed with a top 10 bank or insurance company. While simultaneously driving down costs – in an ever-evolving data security landscape, their many years of experience, knowledge and specialization in this vertical market reinforce its commitment to customers by helping them achieve better security and compliance.

SSH's mainframe solutions, which include Tectia SSH for z/OS and Tectia SSH for Linux on SystemZ, enable customers to automatically encrypt their unsecure clear text FTP transfers to and from their mainframe, Windows, Linux and Unix (AIX and Solaris) environments transparently and with no application or process changes.

Customers can quickly close longstanding open audit items and enhance their security posture thanks to this ability to interoperate with legacy architecture without having to rip and replace existing business critical architecture.

Matthew McKenna, Head of Global Sales and Marketing for SSH concluded that this new partnership demonstrates strong customer validation that  its strategy is driving real value in the areas of cost, risk and compliance.

Edited by Brooke Neuman