Syncsort has announced new additions to its Syncsort Assure family of products that can be used to help address top-of-mind compliance challenges faced by IT leaders and highlighted in its 2018 State of Resilience Report. These new capabilities in Syncsort’s IBM i security products can help IT leaders streamline compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and strengthen security with multi-factor authentication.

According to a recent report based on surveys of 5,632 IT professionals about their data protection strategies and associated IT priorities, 52% of IBM Power System users will focus security investments on compliance auditing and reporting in 2018. Additionally, 28% of respondents said they anticipate growing regulatory complexity as a security challenge in the coming year. GDPR is a high priority requirement for any organization that stores, processes or otherwise uses data relating to European Union citizens. Enforcement went into effect in May 2018, with stiff penalties for non-compliance.

“The trend to ensure organizations adequately protect personal data from theft and misuse has driven increasingly strict data privacy regulations like GDPR. This has fueled the rise of regulatory compliance to become a top priority for most IT organizations,” said David Hodgson, CPO, Syncsort. “The new capabilities in our IBM i security products can be used to help avoid building compliance models from scratch.”

Simplifying GDPR Compliance

Syncsort’s Cilasoft Compliance and Security Suite for IBM i and Syncsort’s Enforcive® Enterprise Security Suite provide unique tools that can help organizations comply with regulatory requirements and address security auditing and control policies. In response to the current market challenges highlighted in the survey report, new releases of both security suites deliver technology that can be used to help to accelerate and maintain compliance with GDPR.

Strengthening Password Security with Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-factor authentication is required in many compliance regulations such as PCI-DSS 3.2, NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulation, Swift Alliance Access and HIPAA. Multi-factor authentication strengthens login security by requiring more than a password or passphrase, and only granting access after two or more authentication factors have been verified. To help organizations fulfill regulatory requirements and improve the security of their IBM i system and applications, Syncsort has delivered the new, RSA-certified Cilasoft Reinforced Authentication Manager for IBM i (RAMi). RAMi’s rules engine facilitates the set-up of multi-factor authentication screens for users or situations that require it, based on specific criteria. RAMi’s authentication features also enable self-service user profile re-enablement and password changes and support the “four eyes principle” of supervised changes to sensitive data.