IBM z16: a step further on technological security

Actualidad April 22, 2022

One of the main problems that technology has to face is the continuous emergence of new cybersecurity threats. Companies and developers are continuously trying to design new and better strategies and tools to defend themselves.

In this regard, the IBM company has completed the development of IBM z16. This was presented as the first quantum security system in history. In this Befree blog post we take a closer look at it and take a look at what it can offer the market.

A first look to it

The next-generation IBM z16 system is intended for hybrid cloud environments, which are becoming increasingly prevalent in enterprises around the world. These combine private and public cloud resources. In addition, it includes real-time exploitable artificial intelligence (AI) technology and quantum security for large-scale transaction processing.

IBM highlights some highlights in the IBM z16 datasheet. Among others, the U.S. technology company explains that it will be possible to create a cyber-resilient environment, integrate AI into business processes and IT operations to increase decision speed and customer value. On the other hand, they will also be able to protect data now and in the future with Quantum security cryptography.

The system is aimed at defending against fraud in the financial sector. For example, banks can analyze fraud during large-scale transactions. IBM z16 has the capacity to process 300 billion inference requests per day with only one millisecond of latency, according to performance test data.

IBM z16 from the inside

The system relies on the lattice-based cryptography approach. With it, previous layers of security are lifted to shield data against current and future threats designed to break encryption technologies. With advances in quantum computing, cybercriminals are expected to insist on data theft, extortion, attacks against intellectual property and disclosure of sensitive information.

Where appropriate, IBM z16 relies on Pervasive Encryption and Confidential Computing technologies to boost cyber resilience and enable enterprises to retain control of their system. With secure boot, it prevents criminals from injecting malware into the boot process. Its Crypto Express 8S hardware security module prepares the system to address situations that require high confidentiality.

It’s a mainframe system, which IBM never stopped betting on, as Xataka points out. The IBM z16 system makes use of AI through its IBM Telum chip, launched last summer. Mainframes may not be the most modern systems, but they are a great option when it comes to transactions. That’s why the financial sector is celebrating their emergence and welcoming them with open arms.

“Game changers”

This is how IBM z16’s arrival is defined by IBM Systems senior vice president Ric Lewis. IBM’s new quantum security system will “open up enormous opportunities to move the goalposts in companies’ respective industries, with better customer experiences and more powerful business outcomes.”

IBM, Lewis notes, is a “benchmark for processing transactions worldwide with the world’s leading security standards.” Now, with the innovations that IBM z16 will bring, clients will be able to “accelerate decision making with inference right where their mission-critical data resides.

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