In today’s world, we’re more concerned about someone breaking into our computers/phones and making their way with our precious data rather than someone breaking into our homes. As the time proceeds, data is becoming more precious by the day and hackers are becoming more thirsty for that data. Thankfully, global technology and innovation company, IBM already has a plan in place for these 21st century data hungry hackers.
Considered as a breakthrough in security technology, the New York-based technology major recently unveiled its latest Z series mainframe, the z14.
According to the company, in the history of security technology, this is the first time that a system can ‘pervasively encrypt’ every level of a network, right from applications to cloud services and databases and even prevent theft of data.
The best part of IBM’s z14 is that IBM’s Indian hardware and firmware team had a significant role in making the z14 system and microprocessor development a reality.
The latest Z series mainframe had more than 100 engineers from IBM’s India labs working on its key components for both its core and processor. The work diversified in areas of custom circuit design, logic design, verification and tool development. In addition to this, the Indian team also made crucial contributions in building newer virtualisation management capabilities, next-generation input/output enablement and in the base firmware development.
According to a statement given by Gururaj S. Rao, IBM Fellow and vice president, Systems Integrators, IBM z Systems to The Hindu, one of the key units designed by the India team is the encryption unit, which gives an exemplary security feature to the latest Z series mainframe.
For the unversed, a mainframe is basically a powerful computer which is used to handle huge volumes of data transactions. Known as ‘big iron’, they are employed in big organisations for flight bookings, credit card payments etc.
The z14 mainframe is being pitched as such a big deal because when the system detects an attack like malware or any other intrusion, it is capable of automatically shutting itself down. Furthermore, even if the hackers somehow make their way through all those defence walls, which according to IBM is very unlikely to happen, the multiple levels of encryption ensure that the data is useless to them.
The z14 mainframe’s new, improved data encryption capabilities is IBM’s contribution to combat the global epidemic of data breaches, which is expected to have a major role to play in the $8 trillion cybercrime impact on the global economy by 2022.
Indian labs of big technology firms are making worthwhile contributions in the tech world and making sure that the world notices India as a technology superpower. Last week, Microsoft’s Labs had successfully integrated Artificial Intelligence into Raspberry Pi, the idea of which sprouted from Microsoft Labs teams in Redmond and Bangalore, India (Read Here).