CA Stakes Another Mainframe Security Claim
The new standards-based security framework offerings should allow customer identities to propagate without interference from middleware.CA on Tuesday will announce a new security framework for the mainframe that is designed to tie together the various aspects of identity, authentication and authorization in a standards-based architecture. Computer Associates International Inc. has been moving full speed into the network and desktop security arenas, but company officials still believe that there is room for growth in the mainframe market and say that the current lack of an overarching solution in that sector makes it ripe for the picking. IBM is the only other real player in the mainframe security world. CA executives estimate that 30 percent of their companys identity and access management business comes from mainframe security products.
The Security Management Architecture relies on a variety of standards, including Kerberos, WS-Security, SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language), SPML (Service Provisioning Markup Language), X.509 and others, to enable enterprises to propagate identity information throughout the environment, regardless of which avenue a user takes to the mainframe.