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Prioritizing Mainframe Security in the Era of IT Modernization

Mainframes aren’t going away – in fact, a recent Forrester report revealed that 56 percent of infrastructure technology decision makers at North American enterprises say they rely on mainframes to store and process large amounts of data. As organizations become more and more dependent on mainframes to process the trillions of smartphone transactions they see every day, it’s imperative that these organizations are taking adequate steps to secure them.

In this webinar, Ray Overby, CTO of Key Resources, Inc. and Amy DeMartine, Principal Analyst at Forrester share survey results and tips on how organizations can modernize their mainframe and covered critical topics from why a mainframe security architect is essential, to the risks of not including excessive access checking in your security processes, and more.
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Amy DeMartine, Principal Analyst, Forrester | Ray Overby, CTO, Key Resources, Inc.
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  • Mainframe: Don’t call it a comeback Recorded: Sep 16 2021 52 mins
    Renee Murphy, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research | Cynthia Overby, Co-founder and President of Key Resources Inc.
    Don’t call it a comeback because mainframes never left. Mainframes are not only part of your everyday life, but your dependence on the mainframe gets hardly any investment even as the dependency becomes more critical to the digital experience that you have with your bank, insurers and airlines. Join Renee Murphy, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, and Cynthia Overby, Co-founder and President of Key Resources Inc., for a lively conversation about the mainframe and why we should learn to love it again.
  • What Makes a Strong Mainframe Security Architect? Recorded: Aug 12 2021 37 mins
    Ray Overby, co-founder and CEO of Key Resources Inc.
    Many routes lead to mainframe modernization, but most companies are doubling down and integrating newer technology into the mainframe as a migration path moving forward. With integration a priority and security high on the agenda, organizations need to have a person who understands both worlds and is equipped to ensure mainframe security throughout integration.

    Enter the mainframe security architect. The mainframe security architect’s responsibility is to tighten and maintain security policies and implement appropriate changes as business and compliance needs shift. A mainframe security architect can effectively translate business objectives and risk management strategies into specific security processes enabled by security technologies and services.

    While many organizations realize they have this gap within their organizational charts, they often have no idea where to start or what skills they really should be looking for in a candidate.

    Ray Overby, co-founder and CEO of Key Resources Inc., has seen the fallout businesses face when they don’t prioritize filling this role internally. In this webinar, he shares why overlooking the mainframe security architect is a big mistake and what skills companies should be looking for to ensure they hire a strong mainframe security architect.
  • Securing the Cloud-Mainframe Connection Recorded: May 19 2021 42 mins
    Cynthia Overby, President and Co-founder of Key Resources | Mary Ann Furno, Offering Manager of CA Technologies
    Organizations are moving parts of their IT environment to the cloud for its flexibility and the belief that there are cost savings. But what many individuals don’t realize is that the cloud is not a mystical force floating in the air – there’s complex infrastructure behind it.

    Even though we talk about businesses “moving to the cloud” or “going digital” the mainframe still plays a critical role. Terabytes of data live on the mainframe, feeding in and out of the cloud every second, creating tremendous operational value.

    But at the same time a hybrid environment opens the door to criminals with an increasingly sophisticated toolkit for penetrating networks and attacking systems, devices and programs. Unfortunately, security isn’t always at the top the list when decisions are made concerning interoperability.

    In this session, Cynthia Overby, President and Co-founder of Key Resources, and Mary Ann Furno, Offering Manager of CA Technologies, will discuss four keys to locking down your mainframe in a hybrid IT environment. Together, these strategies can help you build a Zero Trust Architecture that ensures secure and reliable cloud-mainframe connections, not only protecting your IT infrastructure, but your entire business.
  • Setting Up a Women’s Networking Group at Work Recorded: May 5 2021 26 mins
    Cynthia Overby, co-founder and president of Key Resources Inc.
    Despite growing awareness around diversity, equity and inclusion, the tech industry, particularly tech leadership, remains largely dominated by men. Last year, just 25 percent of professional computing occupations were held by women and only 18 percent of CIOs at the top 1000 American companies were held by women.

    One way organizations can support women in tech roles is by forming women’s networking groups. These groups provide a virtual place where women can share their stories, get advice without being sized up, make valuable connections, and sponsor activities for young women and girls that pique their interest in IT.

    Cynthia Overby, co-founder and president of Key Resources Inc. has served in leadership roles across a variety of industries for the past 30+ years. In this webinar Cynthia shares how women can set-up a networking group at their organizations by taking the following steps:

    1. Gain buy-in from management and resources from IT
    2. Set a focus or goal for your women's networking group
    3. Build on a solid leadership structure
    4. Focus on a core mission
  • Zero-Trust: The Missing Piece to Mainframe Security Recorded: Nov 17 2020 50 mins
    Dr. Chase Cunningham, Principal Analyst, Forrester | Cynthia Overby, President, Key Resources, Inc.
    In this webinar, Key Resources, Inc. Co-founder and President, Cynthia Overby, will be joined by Dr. Chase Cunningham, Principal Analyst at Forrester. Together, they will explore the results from a Forrester Opportunity Snapshot: A Custom Study commissioned by Key Resources, Inc. to determine where organizations stand in their plans to implement a Zero-Trust framework on the mainframe.

    Weak mainframe security leads to consequences: data breaches, compliance fines, rampant excessive access, and insurmountable data ownership issues. Despite these risks, only 45 percent of security decision makers stated that mainframe security is an organizational priority. Join us as we discuss the disconnect between security and business and offer insights on how to build and enable a zero-trust strategy that encompasses the mainframe.

    Tune into this webinar to explore and get answers concerning:
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    • Why IT and Security leaders are prioritizing investments in Zero Trust Frameworks and the challenges they face in prioritizing mainframe security
    • What it means to assess your mainframe zero-trust maturity and five practical steps you need to take to successfully implementing a zero-trust framework on the mainframe.
  • Prioritizing Mainframe Security in the Era of IT Modernization Recorded: Nov 13 2020 54 mins
    Amy DeMartine, Principal Analyst, Forrester | Ray Overby, CTO, Key Resources, Inc.
    Mainframes aren’t going away – in fact, a recent Forrester report revealed that 56 percent of infrastructure technology decision makers at North American enterprises say they rely on mainframes to store and process large amounts of data. As organizations become more and more dependent on mainframes to process the trillions of smartphone transactions they see every day, it’s imperative that these organizations are taking adequate steps to secure them.

    In this webinar, Ray Overby, CTO of Key Resources, Inc. and Amy DeMartine, Principal Analyst at Forrester share survey results and tips on how organizations can modernize their mainframe and covered critical topics from why a mainframe security architect is essential, to the risks of not including excessive access checking in your security processes, and more.
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