Hybrid Cloud & Key Management for Financial Service Platforms: IBM's New CCA 7.0 and the Mainframe z15

In response to changing and more dynamic market demands, banks and financial institutions are turning into financial service platforms. They increase the extent of their digital transformations across the hybrid cloud, guided by three motivating factors:

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Payment & Banking: An Introduction to z/OS and the IBM Common Cryptographic Architecture

IBM’s mainframe computers have been a rock-steady part of banks’ security infrastructure for many years. Originating from the local data-center concept, the current release is able to stretch banks’ security architecture across the hybrid cloud, harnessing advantages of on-premise and cloud-native software deployments - all without compromising data security and privacy.

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Retail Banking after COVID-19: How Agile Cryptography Streamlines Self-Disruption

This article discusses the need for retail banks to continue moving forward with their digital transformation in the age of COVID-19 and explains why cryptography (when done right) can be a key enabler of a successful self-disruption process.

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The Postbank Master Key Breach in South Africa: Using Strong Key Management in a Banking Environment is a Necessity

In the last couple of months, facts regarding breaches that occurred during December 2018 at PostBank, the national postal bank operator of South Africa, have become known. This information is quite serious as it relates to a fraud that cost the bank millions of dollars and significantly damaged its reputation.

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Why a Banking Key Management System Must Support Atalla Key Blocks

Invented by Mohamed Atalla, the Atalla key block is the root of all key blocks. All over the globe, hundreds of millions of financial transactions are secured daily using hardware security modules (HSMs) and the Atalla key block format that follows TR-31 guidelines. Here we will explain a bit about AKB and why a banking-grade key management system (KMS) must support it.

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Banks Need to be Digitally Agile and Cryptography Should be the Enabler

For traditional banks to rise above the competition they face from big tech, neobanks, and fintechs, they need to add new digital skills to their traditional banking capabilities; positioning themselves as agile providers of financial services by providing demand-driven services at the right time and place.

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Key Management: Cloudy with a Probability of Breach

In the 2009 movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, food instead of rain begins to fall from the clouds. Today’s hybrid computing environment employs so many applications using cryptography that clouds are saturated with crypto keys, and you don’t want to find that yours are falling from the cloud into the hands of cyber-criminals. In this blog, from our strategic technology partner nCipher, we explore the critical need for key management in the hybrid cloud, particularly among banking and financial applications. 

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Secure Connectivity for Mobile Banking and Payment Apps: Access Token Protection

In this article, we introduce the role that access tokens play in mobile banking applications and provide recommendations on how to secure these access tokens. We will also explain why such security measures are important.

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Overview of App & Code Hardening for Mobile Banking Apps

Application hardening usually consists in processing an already developed application, and transforming it so to make it difficult / impossible to reverse engineer and tamper.

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