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Mainframe Security Market Outlook (2023 to 2033)

According to Future Market Insights, the market for mainframe security is expected to reach a market of US$ 29.43 million in 2023 with a CAGR of 12.3% during the forecast period. According to estimates, the market will reach US$ 93.9 million in 2033. A mainframe helps organizations facilitate daily transactions and operations across industries and is a vital part of most modern IT setups. The mainframe machine has evolved rapidly and remarkably over the past half-century. A mainframe computer of the 21st century is not as large, as crazily expensive, and as unwieldy as those of the past. With these solutions, legacy COBOL apps can run on a z/OS server along with Docker containers on Linux (using z/VM) allowing modern and legacy technology to coexist on the same server.

And they remain powerhouses for number crunching and data analytics; in fact, IBM’s latest mainframes boast the most powerful processors in the world, with IBM z15 capable of processing up to 1.9 billion web visits a day and hosting 2.4 million Docker containers. Mainframe innovations are keeping pace with the growth of the mobile economy and the Internet of Things (IoT). Through modernization, a more secure mainframe is obtained through the application of best practices and new security standards. With the help of modern tools, systems can also be monitored and managed more effectively. Security breaches can be prevented by this method and sensitive data can be protected in the process.

More than half a century has passed since mainframes became the backbone of corporate data centers. According to technology analysts, the mainframe will soon be obsolete as new technologies such as x86 commodity servers and cloud computing are introduced. Despite this, the venerable mainframe hasn't lost any of its relevance for many companies around the world, even in the 21st century. Mission-critical applications are better protected by mainframes than most cloud environments because of their unparalleled integrity and security capabilities.

According to a 2020 survey, 90% of enterprises using mainframes see them as platforms for long-term growth and high-end enterprise applications in the future. It is expected that IBM's standard mainframe offering, the IBM z15, will lead to a 61 percent increase in revenues for the company in the near future. IBM has been a leader in mainframe technology for more than 50 years.

The survey indicates that approximately 42% of organizations with an extra-large number of employees place a high priority on the implementation of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) processes in their organization. This is where mainframes are certainly going to play a crucial role. Approximately 72% of extra-large companies are reported to have a majority of their data stored on these systems, which serve as the foundation for transactions with customers and financial information.

Almost every enterprise and financial institution rely on mainframes for vital workloads. A study done by Forrester found that 57% of companies using mainframes run more than half their mission-critical applications on them. Further, 72% of the applications that are launched directly to customers depend completely or heavily on the ability of the mainframe to process and generate data for them. Businesses relying on mainframes for their business-critical workloads must update their security strategies to protect themselves from future threats.

Approximately 70% more ransomware payments were made in 2021 than in 2020, according to the Ransomware Task Force of the Institute for Security and Technology. Financial companies are not the only industries affected by ransomware; healthcare, education, and other sectors are also at risk. There are also economic, environmental, and supply chain impacts associated with these attacks. Mainframes are considered nearly impenetrable due to their security and reliability, but cyber-attacks remain a threat. Despite the inherent risk of predicting the future, it's fairly easy to see how mainframe technology might evolve over the next ten years.

Data Points Key Statistics
Estimated Base Year Value (2022) US$ 27 million
Expected Market Value (2023) US$ 29.43 million
Anticipated Forecast Value (2033) US$ 93.9 million
Projected Growth Rate (2023 to 2033) 12.3% CAGR

Mainframe is a computer that is used for performing large-scale data processing in a self-contained structure as compared to individual computers that are distributed over an area. Mainframe consist of large amount of memory and processors that process billions of simple calculation and transaction in real-time.

As mainframe environment has thousands of users simultaneously executing wide range of application with varying performance profiles, there is requirement of multi-layered security for protecting the mainframe.

Mainframe security is a collection of tools that focus on mitigating the risk, that affect the mainframe system. Mainframe security help organization to detect threats, comply with policy and regulations, and reduce cost.

It also helps in reducing the business risk by enforcing the security policy and provide close loop, automated security intelligence and threat remediation. Mainframe security protect essential data with encryption and access control.

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Mainframe Security Market: - Market Dynamics

Increasing demand for Multi-Factor Authentication in Organization

Organizations are adopting passive authentication that comprise of multi-factor authentication to eliminate the need for password-based security models.

Multi-factor authentication offers an extra layer of security that compliments how passwords are used to protect information, which makes a more difficult task for potential hackers to breach organization mainframe network. This added layer of security helps organization to reimagine and redefine the login processes to enhanced mainframe security.

Multi-factor authentication is also used for restricting the access to information and limit user access based on their location. Multi-factor authentication offers a streamlined method of ensuring user authentication to ensure security with certainty

Integration of Blockchain with Mainframe

Blockchain is one of the fastest growing technologies as it has the potential to enhance the security of mainframe systems. Blockchain tracks the digital transactions across the computer networks and verify the user ID once the transaction is logged and ledger further creates an unalterable block of data.

Due to this, no other authority can tamper the record which makes it more secure than other transaction forms. Integration of Blockchain with mainframes helps organization to achieve data security and reliability.

Integration of Blockchain with mainframes also help the organization to utilize the computing power offered by mainframe systems as the computing power is important in a Blockchain context as it computes intensive tasks like cryptographic hashing.

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Mainframe Security Market: - Key Players

The major players offering Mainframe Security solutions include

  • IBM Corporation
  • McAfee
  • TCS
  • BMC Software
  • DXC Technology
  • Xbridge
  • CA Technologies

The report is a compilation of first-hand information, qualitative and quantitative assessment by industry analysts, inputs from industry experts and industry participants across the value chain of the global Mainframe Security market.

The report provides an in-depth analysis of parent market trends, macroeconomic indicators and governing factors along with Mainframe Security market attractiveness as per segments.The report on Mainframe Security market also maps the qualitative impact of various factors on Mainframe Security market segments and geographies.

Mainframe Security Market: - Segmentation

By Solution, Mainframe Security Market is segmented into:

  • Access Control Solution
  • Server Security Solution
  • Mainframe Security Assessment Services
  • Others

By Industry, Mainframe Security Market is segmented into:

  • BFSI
  • IT & Telecom
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Others

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