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time. "It can then alert those who
need to know of their occurrence
or report on them from the central
data mart," Ford says. "We also
provide a utility for customers to
add or create items or events of
The Gift of Time
Over the past four years, the CART
has become a flagship item in Lab
Services' portfolio, and it's based
on IBM's security assessment
tool, which has had more than
two decades of development.
But it's always evolving. Lab
Services continually aims to
provide better systems and
security management because
Ford notes cybercriminals are
"We try to automate as much
of our assessment process as
possible-what we can reliably
and comprehensively do in the
shortest amount of time," he
adds. "We have derivatives of
our tool that create an even more
comprehensive view of security.
That's work we continue to
enhance and develop."
Ford's team at Lab Services
constantly seeks ways to update
the CART tool to provide value to
the IBM i community. If system
administrators can only devote
one day a week to security, Lab
Services can still provide them
with "a picture of what changed
in their environment so that
when they do get the time to look
at security, they can hone in on
the things that have changed,"
Ford says. "Or, with our event
monitor, the client can respond
immediately to events."
In the future, "We'll add more
metrics, more configuration
items and security analytics,"
he says. "When we designed
and developed the tooling, it
was a collaboration with many
subject matter experts-first
and foremost, the DB2* for i
consultants here in Lab Services.
This team helps clients get
more value out of data through
analytics. And that was at the
heart of what we wanted to
provide relative to security."
Save Time, Save Money
Ford describes the CART as
a kind of time machine, as it
captures what has been going on
in a client's systems and makes
predictions on how it could look
in the future based on the current
Most clients who need to assess
and monitor their systems are
very time-conscious, according
to Ford. Unfortunately, they
can't afford to spend the time
to analyze everything on the
system. Yet they need to be aware
of what's going on within their
systems. With CART, he notes,
"we have created a tool that helps
them buy the time they need to
find what is going on."
Gene Rebeck is a freelance writer
based in Duluth, Minnesota.
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