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XYPRO’s Top 10 HPE NonStop Security Fundamentals

Top 10 HPE NonStop Security Fundamentals

Because high-availability and fault-tolerant systems need strong security

Does it make sense to have high-availability and fault-tolerance without strong security? We at XYPRO don’t think so. We recognize that companies run their most important business applications and processes on the NonStop server platform and keeping those assets safe from data loss, tampering and inadvertent harm is mission critical.

XYPRO has been providing HPE NonStop server security solutions for over 30 years—we’ve literally written the books on NonStop security—and we’ve assembled an informal “Top 10” list of HPE NonStop security fundamentals.

Top 10 NonStop Security Fundamentals (in descending order)

Top 10

#10: Secure the default system access settings

To facilitate initial configuration and set-up, HPE NonStop servers come with a number of default security settings—to have a well-protected HPE NonStop system, many of these default settings need to be addressed.

#9: Set-up strong Safeguard authentication and password controls

Establishing strong user authentication and password management controls are critical aspects of any security program and are a major requirement for meeting PCI DSS compliance.

#8: Ensure individual accountability (no shared IDs!)

Security best practices and industry regulations, like PCI DSS, require users to have unique userids so that there is clear accountability. This also facilitates effective auditing, remediation and management of individual user rights and access.

#7: Establish granular control of user activity

Increasing the granularity of control builds on security concepts discussed in earlier HPE NonStop fundamentals and goes deeper into specific system areas which need closer security management.

#6: Audit all actions of privileged access users

A thorough logging and auditing program for privileged users establishes the means for strong oversight over users with the greatest security access rights and who, therefore, may pose the greatest potential risk to the system.

#5: Strengthen access management with role-based access control (RBAC)

Role-based access control (RBAC) is a security approach in which system access and permission rights are grouped according to user roles and then individual users are assigned to a role. RBAC simplifies security administration and can enable a greater degree of security and control for your HPE NonStop systems.

#4: Dynamically secure all NonStop system resource objects

Resource objects are key parts of your NonStop system and must be fully secured. While Safeguard provides some capabilities to do this, a best practice approach is to use a third-party tool that enables rule flexibility, expands security attributes and provides strong security to not just the Guardian subsystem but OSS, as well.

#3: Protect sensitive data

Data can be an organization’s most valuable treasure and it’s a major target for cyber-criminals. Encryption and/or tokenization are critical solutions for protecting sensitive data, reducing the scope of regulatory compliance, and neutralizing the impact of a data breach.

#2: Continuously monitor security compliance

Ensuring compliance is a critical aspect of any IT security program and compliance monitoring solutions provide the means to systematically measure, manage and report on a complex and dynamic HPE NonStop security environment.

#1: Audit all security-related activity and events

It can be summarized as “audit everything” to ensure complete visibility of security-related events on the HPE NonStop. This is such an important aspect of security that HPE bundles XYPRO’s logging and auditing solution, XMA, with every new HPE NonStop server. Please make sure to take full advantage XMA’s power capabilities.

For more information or help: More in-depth information and guidance on these security subjects are available in XYPRO’s NonStop security handbooks: HPE NonStop Server Security: A Practical Handbook and Securing HPE NonStop Servers in an Open Systems World: TCP/IP, OSS and SQL.

You may also contact XYPRO for assistance. For over 30 years, XYPRO has provided NonStop security solutions and services that help companies protect their NonStop systems and comply with industry regulations (such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, and SOX).