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Intellinx Announces zWatch for Tracking Business Activity in IBM System z MainframesFeb. 23, 2009
New Intellinx Version runs natively on System z providing full auditing and fraud detection for Mainframe applications
New York, NY – February 23, 2009 – Intellinx Ltd., a pioneer of end-user behavior tracking solutions for fraud detection and regulatory compliance, today announces its release of Intellinx zWatch for IBM System z. The new version allows organizations to track all business transactions performed on the mainframe, generate a detailed audit trail and detect suspicious activity in real-time.
“Intellinx creates a forensic database that can be used for detecting and preventing fraud and data leakage and for managing investigations,” says Jim Porell, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Security Architect for IBM System z software. “It has proven to be complimentary with other compliance related tools, such as IBM’s Tivoli Compliance Insight Manager, to dramatically reduce the incidents of fraud within a business. The zWatch product, when used with the existing Intellinx offerings provides a cross platform enterprise hub for managing forensics and fraud that can reduce deployment costs while raising the overall value of the offerings.”
Financial, government and healthcare enterprises worldwide utilize Intellinx to hold their end-users accountable for every action performed. The system obtains a detailed forensic audit trail of the activities of all end-user types, including business users and privileged IT users, as well as partners and customers who access the corporate systems through the web or in other ways. All access to corporate data is recorded and is available for playback, including update and read-only transactions. The Intellinx audit trail enables compliance with government regulations, such as FACTA Identity Theft Red-Flags, PCI-DSS, Sarbanes-Oxley, Basel II, GLBA and HIPAA.
Equifax Inc., a global leader of information solutions (NYSE: EFX) deployed Intellinx last year to help track end-users activity in its core business applications.
“Information security is a cornerstone of our business and, as a company, we are committed to placing the highest standards on data protection,” says Tony Spinelli, Equifax Chief Security and Compliance Officer "Intellinx enables us to enhance our security monitoring capability by providing a reporting platform that allows our fraud investigators to visually replay screen data of both current and historical transactions and receive real-time alerts on suspicious events."
“IBM mainframe is still the world’s most popular platform for running large scale mission-critical applications” says Orna Mintz-Dov, CEO of Intellinx. “We are excited to deliver, with IBM as an Advanced Business Partner, a solution for the growing need for embedded auditing function within the mainframe.”
zWatch expands the Intellinx enterprise level solution for detecting and preventing fraud and information leakage. The new version can be combined with the existing Intellinx non-invasive version which runs on Windows, UNIX or Linux machines and tracks user and business activity on IBM System z mainframes, i5/OS, Web, Client/Server, Databases and other platforms. zWatch runs natively on the mainframe, sniffing all inbound and outbound network transmissions and recording all end-user screens and keystrokes as well as application transactions. It profiles user and account activity and generates alerts on anomalies in real-time.
zWatch has been tested extensively and has proved to impose almost no impact on workloads since it runs as a Java application on the System z Application Assist Processor (zAAP) processor, a specialty engine designed exclusively to operate asynchronously with general purpose processors minimizing any burden to other mainframe workloads. The Intellinx patent-pending technology captures the activity of all mainframe users 24X7, yet has minor impact on disk space requirements as it stores the recorded data in highly condensed format. zWatch is the only solution on the market today which can monitor encrypted mainframe traffic including VPN encryption.
zWatch provides a one of a kind visual replay of user activities -- screen-by-screen and keystroke-by-keystroke. The system provides Google-like search of screen content stored by the system, enabling security officers and internal auditors to search, for example for all users who accessed a specific customer account and replay the specific user activity.
The implementation process is very short (typically just a few hours), as the system does not require any changes to any of the organization’s IT infrastructure or application code.
About Intellinx Ltd.
Intellinx Ltd. is a pioneer in end-user behavior tracking solutions for combating fraud and for regulatory compliance. By providing the tools to detect and prevent fraud attempts and information leakage, Intellinx enables organizations to hold end-users accountable for their actions, while complying with government regulations including FACTA Identity Theft Red-Flags, PCI-DSS, GLBA, HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley and Basel II. Intellinx Ltd. products are sold and supported directly by the company, its US-based subsidiary Intellinx Software, Inc., as well as through its worldwide network of distributors and partners in North America, Latin America, Europe, South Africa, and Asia-Pacific. The Intellinx customer base includes large financial, healthcare and government organizations around the world. For more information about Intellinx Ltd., please visit www.intellinx-sw.com .
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