Secure Edition adds FIPS-197 certified Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption for strong encrypting ZIP archives and Connect Edition Client-Server communications.
AES is a symmetric key encryption cipher, and it is generally regarded as the "gold standard" for encrypting data. AES is NIST-certified and is used by the US government for protecting "secure" data, which has led to a more general adoption of AES as the standard symmetric key cipher of choice by just about everyone.
Most organizations focus on transmission encryption. Fact is data is more vulnerable to unauthorized exposure while stored. ZIP password encryption provides a simple means of facilitating persistent data level encryption. Persistent encryption moves with the data, guaranteeing its protection during transmission and storage. Enabling its owner to ensure its security and compliance, irrespective of external security, or lack thereof, where stored or subsequently moved.
Standard ZIP v2.0 (legacy) password encryption is known to be relatively weak, and cannot be expected to provide protection from individuals with access to a specialized password recovery tool. It is not security regulation compliant and does not take advantage of the mainframe's cryptographic hardware, making it slow and more costly. ZIP AES password encryption is just as easy to use as ZIP v2.0 encryption: all you have to do is select the encryption method and specify your password. In addition, ZIP/390's AES password encryption is regulation compliant, takes full advantage of mainframe encryption hardware to make encryption operations faster and is compatible with all other AES enabled ZIP tools (eg. WinZIP, 7-ZIP, SecureZIP, etc.)
Connect Edition provides real-time secure client-server connectivity between ZIP/390 MP instances running on supported platforms (eg. z/OS, USS, z/Linux, Linux x86, MS-Windows and macOS) to facilitate high speed file transfer and cross-platform application integration operations. End-to-End AES symmetric encryption is employable to ensure secure communications.
According to recent BMC Annual Mainframe Survey's, mainframe cost reduction remains a top IT priority. Generally low mainframe pricing, combined with excellent competitive product discounting, makes replacing/augmenting more expensive and/or inefficient solutions with ZIP/390 MP good for the bottom-line.
Facing an Annual Maintenance Renewal and/or machine upgrade three (3) to twelve (12) months from now? Considering upgrading from PKZIP z/OS to SecureZip to address a new Strong Encryption requirement? If the answer is YES to one or more of the above, schedule a presentation to learn more about the cost savings and other benefits of switching to ZIP/390 MP.
If your company is employing an obsolete and/or unsupported mainframe ZIP compression solution, one that does not support zEDC, zIIP and Strong AES Encryption for example, contact us today to learn how switching to ZIP/390 MP can improve your ROI, SLA compliance, z/OS Batch Window utilization, productivity and more.
The ZIP Archive is a simple, efficient and secure means of exchanging mainframe files across all platforms and personnel competency levels. Compressing/Decompressing files directly on the platform of origin/receipt provides the highest efficiency and operational integrity. ZIP/390 MP is a high-performance low cost solution that makes it practical to add this functionality to z/OS.
Fast Internet Transport (FIT)
High Speed File Transfer utilizing TCP and UDP protocols