ICE 9.0 Adds Support for z/OS V1R12

Enhancements provide increased reliability, availability, and security

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NewEra Software has released Image Control Environment 9.0 (ICE 9.0), which includes same-day support for IBM’s z/OS V1R12.

Enhancements provide increased reliability, availability, and security. ICE 9.0 also includes enhancements to its family of Inspectors. An OMPROUTE Inspector has been added that will monitor, detect, and validate changes in the OMPROUTE definition statements.

ICE 9.0 includes enhancements to The Control Editor (TCE). TCE 7.0 is focused on the management of four types of changes: staged system changes, dynamic system stages, external security manager (ESM) policy changes, and z/OS state changes )such as baselines and fitness).

Enhancements in TCE 7.0 include a new configuration option that supports the creation of zFS/HFS formatted control journal datasets. These new journal types extend the storage capacity of each journal from a maximum of 116 to over 16,000 backup or change events.

Other enhancements include a new configuration option that supports the real-time notification of events via e-mail, Event, recipient and notification content are configured using a newly introduced NSEENSxx Configuration Member; users can now be made aware of all changes immediately. Detected events can be easily routed to intrusion detection systems (IDS) and security information management (SIM) systems.

Changes captured and journaled in TCE 7.0 include system changes using the MVS Operator commands, SUBMITs, ACTIVATEs. and changes to security policies -- RACF, ACF2, and Top Secret.

The automatic and real-time capture and journaling of these events enhances the level of control over members and operator commands provided by the ESM. Real-time capture helps detect unauthorized and authorized-but-questionable change activity as it occurs, ensuring compliance with government and industry-specific regulations and other audit requirements.

Standardized z/OS configuration change reports (The Report Library) and z/OS audit reports (The OSAudit Library) are now available.

More information about these products is available at www.newera.com.