Austin, TX – IBM’s® z/OS® Version 1 R. 10 System SSL Cryptographic
Module recently received FIPS 140-2 Level 1 certification. The
successful certification is shown on the NIST website (certification
number 1389).

For many companies, the single most important asset they have is
information, and so it needs to be protected accordingly. Software
companies understand this need, and help their customers secure valuable
data using a variety of measures. IBM® z/OS® - one of the world’s most
advanced operating systems - is no exception: having undergone numerous
Common Criteria evaluations at high assurance levels, now it has added
additional security assurances for one of its key cryptographic components.

Apostol Vassilev, CST laboratory manager for atsec, commented: “IBM z/OS
is one of the most complex operating systems in the world, incorporating
numerous advances in technologies intended to improve the scalability,
performance, and security of the platform. As a result, the SystemSSL
module is one of the most complex cryptographic modules ever validated
under the FIPS 140-2 standard. It combines software, hardware, and
firmware within the cryptographic boundary on the z/OS architecture and
delivers an unprecedented level of cryptographic performance for a wide
range of cryptographic services backed by equally strong security
assurances provided by the FIPS 140-2 certification. The validation of
the module required atsec testers to explore the full breadth and depth
of the FIPS 140-2 standard, and take advantage of the flexibility it
offers for modules of such high hybridization. I am very proud that the
atsec CST Lab successfully completed this challenging project that
showcases so vividly the high professionalism and dedication of our staff.”

The Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS 140-2) describes
the US federal government’s requirements for IT products in sensitive,
but unclassified use. It defines the security requirements that must be
met by cryptographic modules used to protect unclassified data within IT
systems. FIPS 140-2 is published by the National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST). The certification is mandatory for cryptographic
products used by the US Federal Government.

For more information about the FIPS 140-2 standard, please visit our
website at and the NIST website at

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About atsec information security
atsec information security ( is an independent,
standards-based information technology security services company that
combines a business-oriented approach to information security with
in-depth technical knowledge and global experience. atsec was founded in
Munich, Germany in 2000 and has extensive international operations with
offices in the U.S., Germany, Sweden, and China. atsec's service include
formal laboratory testing and evaluation, independent testing and
evaluation as well as information security consultancy.

atsec offers cryptographic module and algorithm testing under the
Cryptographic Module Validation Program of the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. and Communications Security
Establishment Canada (CSEC) in Canada. atsec also offers formal testing
under the NIST's PIV Program (NPIVP), Cryptographic Algorithm Validation
Program (CAVP), Security Content Automation Protocol Program (SCAP), and
product approval testing under the GSA FIPS 201 EP.

atsec works with leading global companies such as Apple, IBM, Hewlett
and Packard, Honeywell, Patrick Townsend, Quantum Corporation, Red Hat,
and ZTE Corporation.


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LAS VEGAS, Sept. 20 -- Vanguard Integrity Professionals, the leading provider of enterprise security software and training for mainframes, today announced its RACF® Training Schedule for fall 2010. Some of the classes the company is offering include Basic RACF Administration and Advanced RACF Facilities training. Attendees of all Vanguard training classes will earn Continuing Professional Education credits. Those who attend 5-day classes, which include eight hours of lab work, will earn 36 CPE credits…

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ARMONK, NY, September 13, 2010 --  IBM today announced new software that helps businesses protect customer data and other sensitive information from security breaches.  The new software automatically monitors application and database usage across the enterprise and immediately alerts management to unusual activity.

Today, organizations are struggling to manage a variety of complex data security threats, from misuse by insiders or cyber criminals outside the company. Combined with an increase in corporate security compliance policies, clients of all sizes are under pressure to build data security into the fabric of their IT systems…

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IT Organizations Benefit From Increased Efficiencies to Reduce Costs and Address Retiring Mainframe Workforce Challenges

DETROIT--September 13, 2010--Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR) today announced the general availability of Compuware Workbench, an innovative new open environment for managing mainframe application development. Through an Eclipse-based graphical user interface (GUI) with a single-launch point for Compuware’s mainframe products, the Compuware Workbench increases productivity and addresses the training challenge arising from the retiring mainframe workforce phenomenon.

“Increased efficiencies achieved through a GUI interface and product integration let us devote the saved resources to new and existing projects that have meaningful business impact,” said Carsten Andersen, System Designer, Jyske Bank A/S. “Our job is to help the business unit achieve the goals of the company. Improved efficiencies help us do that through realized cost savings and productivity increases, resulting in greater responsiveness to the business’s needs.”

The Compuware Workbench helps IT improve efficiencies through both the GUI environment and tighter product integration. This combination appreciably minimizes the time it takes to accomplish particular tasks, allowing IT to more quickly meet service level agreements and deliver business-critical projects on time, while controlling costs.

“The innovative Compuware Workbench helps IT address today’s challenges of supporting complex applications by offering a modernized and standardized interface,” said Rose Rowe, Vice President, Mainframe Strategy, Compuware. “In addition to the inherent efficiencies that come with a GUI interface, we are also enabling our customers to successfully address the needs of a transitioning workforce.”

As the current workforce looks ahead to retirement, IT organizations face the daunting challenge of training new programmers. The “next generation” workforce is accustomed to a GUI interface and has not had experience with the mainframe TSO/ISPF (character-based) interface. Providing these new workers with the modernized, point-and-click interface through the Compuware Workbench significantly reduces the time associated with what would otherwise be a longer, more expensive learning curve.

The Compuware Workbench also continues to support IT’s more proficient developers by offering both a character-based and GUI environment, giving these skilled programmers the option of using whichever platform best suits their needs.

The Compuware Workbench entered its beta testing phase earlier this year, receiving positive customer reviews, and is now available to all current Compuware mainframe customers at no additional cost.

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STILLWATER, Okla., Sept. 8 -- HostBridge Technology, leading provider of integration/SOA software for IBM System z mainframes, has released HostBridge version 6.5. "The new release builds on the enhancements recently introduced in v6," said Russ Teubner, HostBridge CEO. "Customers will now be able to lower their costs by shifting integration/SOA workloads to the IBM zIIP specialty engine, develop Web services with greater speed and flexibility, and add Web 2.0 functionality to integration/SOA initiatives."

HostBridge v6.5 will be introduced in a live webcast on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 11:00 a.m. Central (U.S.). Those wishing to attend can register at

HostBridge for zIIP (HBzIIP) takes advantage of IBM's System z Integrated Information Process (zIIP) specialty engine, which allows organizations to increase mainframe processing capacity for specific workloads without higher license fees - an attractive economy in today's climate.

HostBridge users will be able to shift significant portions of their mainframe integration/SOA workloads to the zIIP. Using HBzIIP, organizations can lower the costs of mainframe integration and Web services processes. Depending on the scope of integration workloads, savings can be significant. Organizations can achieve these savings without reduction in performance.

Version 6 enhancements, introduced in late 2009, provide the foundation for v6.5:

HostBridge Process Automation Engine. For v6, HostBridge rebuilt its Process Automation Engine to fully support and comply with the ECMAScript Edition 3/JavaScript 1.8 standard. The new HB Process Automation Engine is a JavaScript-based development/runtime facility that lets users integrate any CICS® application or CICS-accessible data source (DB2, VSAM, DL/I, Datacom) with any distributed systems. Uniquely, HB Process Automation also allows users to orchestrate and automate complex CICS transaction processes as a single service. The rebuilt engine adds the greater power and flexibility inherent in the new ECMAScript/JavaScript standard, performs at higher levels, executes both inside and outside of CICS, and executes as an Enclave SRB.

Web 2.0/Lightweight Services. Newly supported services technologies include REST, E4X, XPath, JSON, and Atom. These give users flexible new choices for services-based CICS and mainframe data integration. They offer simpler, very effective alternatives to formal SOAP/WSDL-based services for faster, more agile integration of CICS data and business logic into new composite applications and mashups.

CICS and System z Support. HostBridge continues to support and exploit a wide range of CICS and System z tools and technologies, now including CICS Explorer, channels, containers, Event Processing, and mainframe/Internet security enhancements.

HostBridge v6.5 offers the highest-performance, highest-fidelity integration/SOA for organizations that bet their business on CICS and System z.

"Whether you're a financial services provider repurposing a legacy CICS account application with a Web 2.0 interface or a health insurer making policy data available through a national eHealth cloud, integration remains one of the most effective ways to get maximum bang for your mainframe buck," said Teubner. "We design and develop HostBridge with cost management and ROI always in mind. Our customers typically achieve payback in less than a year and realize significant returns on HostBridge and their mainframe investments for many years thereafter."

HostBridge Technology is an IBM Advanced Business Partner, a member of the IBM Ready for Rational and Ready for SOA programs, and a licensed IBM zIIP ISV. HostBridge also partners with CA, Oracle, and other industry leaders.

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HostBridge® Technology provides integration software for enterprises that rely on the IBM System z mainframe. Our patented products deliver mainframe data and business logic as XML/Web services, enabling organizations to extend mainframe access to many new users, modernize legacy applications with feature-rich Web interfaces, and integrate anything mainframe with anything distributed. Founded in 2000, HostBridge Technology has built a reputation for solving the hardest integration problems. Among its loyal customers, HostBridge counts many of the largest companies in the world. For more information, visit

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