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Trevor Eddolls

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Trevor Eddolls is the CEO of iTech-Ed Ltd and has been an IBM Champion from 2009-2024.

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The Comprehensive Beginners’ Guide to AI

Trevor Eddolls

February 15, 2024

Artificial intelligence (AI) is arguably the hottest topic in the tech world today. But what is AI, really? And what are its implications? AI really started in the 1950s with Alan Turing and later the Dartmouth Conference. You can read more details here. IBM’s Deep Blue computer beating the reigning world chess champion, Gary Kasparov, […]

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More on Mainframes and Open-Source Tools

Trevor Eddolls

November 29, 2023

Following on from my article looking at the value of open-source software on the mainframe, I thought it would be interesting to see what else was available for mainframers to use. Open Tools Community Let’s start with the z/OS Open Tools Community on GitHub. According to their website, z/OS Open Tools provides a package manager […]

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The Value of Open-Source Software on the Mainframe

Trevor Eddolls

November 3, 2023

Mainframes, as we know, are fast, reliable and secure. They can deliver data to users faster than any other platform—particularly, cloud-based systems—and they can ensure that the data is encrypted in transit, while stored and even when in use. The software that runs on these computing behemoths comes from reputable software vendors who ensure their […]

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The Complete Beginners’ Guide to Hacking a Mainframe

Trevor Eddolls

October 12, 2023

Any movie or TV show makes hacking seem like a trivial affair. A couple of minutes of screen time and some nerdy kid shouts, “I’m in.” Five minutes later, all the data has been stolen and dangerous applications have been rewritten (compiled and executed). We know that’s not how it happens, but the worrying thing […]

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An Early Warning System for Ransom Attacks and Mainframe Breaches

Trevor Eddolls

September 15, 2023

Most mainframe sites can’t afford to be down for more than a few minutes—let alone the hours or days required to respond to a cyberattack with conventional processes. What is needed is an early warning system to detect and neutralize the most common forms of malicious attacks. The Benefits and Risks of Encryption Encryption can […]

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Mainframe Security in the Age of AI

Trevor Eddolls

August 17, 2023

In theory, mainframe security should be easy—mainframes use RACF or similar products to control who can do what. However, security has never really been that easy, and today it definitely isn’t easy at all. The Challenges of Modern Mainframe Security First, mainframes aren’t little islands of computer processing anymore. They are intimately connected to the […]

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Top API Security Risks in 2023

Trevor Eddolls

July 5, 2023

“Modernize” seems to be the most popular word to go alongside mainframes these days. We’re always being told to modernize our applications by migrating part or all of them to the cloud. We’re also being told that we can modernize our business-critical mainframe applications by using APIs (application programming interfaces) to expose mainframe-based data and […]

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Defining Data Security Posture Management

Trevor Eddolls

June 8, 2023

If you haven’t heard of data security posture management (DSPM) yet, it’s because it is an emerging security practice. Its aim is to help organizations ensure that their cloud security is as strong as their mainframe security by automatically detecting and protecting data—and doing this in a dynamically changing environment. What Is Data Security Posture […]

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Looking Out for the Well-Being of Mainframers

Trevor Eddolls

May 11, 2023

Following the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, many people and organizations have realized the importance of the well-being of their staff, as it’s vital to the creation of a happier, healthier and more productive business. With the mainframe being so central to the success of a business, boosting the mental well-being and building the resilience of […]

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Mainframe, Security and More: A Review of 2022 and a Look at 2023

Trevor Eddolls

January 19, 2023

2022 was the year people decided whether they wanted to go back to working in an office environment, or whether they preferred to work from home. At some organizations, management feared they would lose control of employees they couldn’t see all day. Other companies trusted their staff to complete tasks at times that suited them—given […]