#privacy: New server promises to improve security and data auditing

A new server created by IBM will provide more security in data storage while making information auditable wherever it is held, reports reveal.

The global IT firm’s new z15 mainframe has been engineered to support customer data privacy through hybrid multi-cloud ecosystems. The enterprise platform is the culmination of four years’ development – a journey that has brought in the help of over 100 companies; it will offer stronger encryption, cloud native software development and business continuity, among a host of other benefits, IBM says.

One of z15’s key features is Data Privacy Passports technology which helps clients to control how data is stored and shared – very much one of the core concerns of evolving data privacy legislations around the world.

IBM said the technology will allow users to improve protection and provision of data, as well as the ability to revoke access to personal and private data at any time. Besides working in the z15 environment, the information security provision operates across a business’s hybrid multi-cloud domain, and can encrypt data everywhere so that a company can maintain data security “wherever it travels”.

The company also claims that the enhanced security of the z15 will enable organisations to build and enforce data privacy policy across an entire business where views of surfaced data vary according to different users’ authorisations.

“Trusted Data Object technology can also be used to prevent collusion between data owners leading to the misuse of data, and can track the complete data transformation journey from point of origin to point of consumption, with a central point of auditing and compliance for all data access and aggregation,” IBM said.

Analyst at Freeform Dynamic, Tony Lock described the challenges that IBM is seeking to solve with its Trusted Data Objects technology, as “incredibly complex”.

Lock also highlighted how the major challenge lies in packaging the auditing and control layers in a way that traces data wherever it is stored.

According to IBM, the new platform will let clients achieve new levels of management over who can access data through policy-based controls.

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