IBM wants you to encrypt everything with its new mainframe


IBM wants businesses to use its new z14 mainframe to encrypt pretty much everything — an approach to security it calls pervasive encryption.

Encrypting everything, and restricting access to the keys, is one way to reduce the risk and impact of data breaches. It can reduce the threat surface by 92 percent, according to research commissioned by IBM.

To make such pervasive encryption viable, the z14 has four times as much silicon devoted to cryptographic accelerators as its predecessor, the z13, giving it seven times the cryptographic performance.

That allows it to encrypt up to 12 billion transactions per day, according to IBM.

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