Today’s mainframe is just another server in the data center, accessible internally and externally like every Windows, Unix, Linux, or other server. Not only are mainframe environments vulnerable to internal malicious users, but also to external hacktivists, criminals and competitors. To ensure critical assets are properly protected, organizations should perform regular mainframe security assessments.

Vanguard Professional Services team conduct Vanguard Security Assessments to quickly identify and prioritize mainframe penetration risks, determine whether the implementation reflects best practices for security and integrity, and evaluate the potential impact and exposure of any findings on an organization’s operations and reputation, e.g., failing audits, losing revenue or violating privacy protections.


  • Prevent security breaches and other risks.
  • Protect critical customer and corporate data and applications.
  • Reduce risk by implementing security policies and procedures.
  • Increase efficiencies in managing and auditing mainframe systems.
  • Enhance productivity, decrease downtime and align security resources.

How Security Assessments Work

Vanguard Security Assessments target mainframe penetration risks based on Vanguard’s industry-leading knowledge of z/OS security server, enterprise and cloud security.


Checks include:

  • 170+ mainframe security configuration controls.
  • Integrity of the implementation.
  • Documented security policies for provisioning and administration.
  • Security-related procedures for operations, help desk and support departments.


Reports include:

  • Each area where policies, procedures and systems are creating risk.
  • Rankings from low to severe of detected vulnerabilities.
  • Guidance on how to prevent future problems.
  • Instructions for remediating security problems and meeting standards and regulations.

More Professional Services

Vanguard Staff Augmentation services enable organizations to quickly add qualified staff to their enterprise security team.

Vanguard Professional Services team are renowned worldwide for their expertise as security solutions professionals. Team members have on average 30 years of mainframe and enterprise security experience.

Implementation services include increasing the efficiency of existing security and compliance capabilities, deploying new security proficiencies, supporting industry and regulatory requirements, and training.

Vanguard has the largest and most experienced group of security specialists in the world and proven expertise remediating enterprise systems.

Organizations are turning to the Vanguard Professional Services team to assist them with DB2-to-RACF security migrations.

Vanguard Penetration Testing services discover high-risk vulnerabilities, determines if sufficient defenses are in place, offers remediation guidance, and recommends a plan and methodology for ongoing testing.

Roll Based Access Control software, developed by Vanguard is used to help organizations reduce provisioning time, eliminate errors and adhere to role structure over time.