Real-time audit provider & compliance protector for integrating your mainframe to a SIEM or SOC

Refuel your enterprise audit solution with the most comprehensive and complete z/OS Audit data

Plug & play SIEM connector for your z/OS mainframes (e.g. ArcSight, Tivoli, etc.)


Ultimate hardening, streamlining and consolidation of your audit & security trails.


Log –  Block – Modify.


Allows for the replacement of password and security exits

Target your true auditing & security enemies!

Systems and processes never tell you the whole story. But complete and authentic logs are a prerequisite for both proper IT operation and complete auditing & compliance – including effective detection of fraud and abuse. You may not believe this, but essential and highly critical activity on your recognized z/OS mainframe does not come to your attention simply because it is not logged or properly protected.

The triad of smart and smooth z/OS command and system service verification includes logging, blocking and modifying. SF-NoEvasion for z/OS provides the ultimate hardening and transparency of your audit trails and security mechanisms against information suppression, bypassing, or fraud and abuse. It also improves and enhances critical security controls to allow for highly precise and flexible decisions on their usage! Become the boss by finally knowing the complete story on what’s happening on your z platform!

The plug & play Real-Time Sniffer, Spool Monitor, File Watcher, Universal Log Scanner and Event Forwarder finally let you feed all your security and compliance monitoring applications with event data with the utmost completeness and speed. The included PC-based system for Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) provides a high-performance audit workflow. As an option, it also lets you include events of non-mainframe platforms, such as Windows, UNIX, Linux, etc.

The highest security and compliance levels for the z/OS mainframe platform are requestedAll security and compliance standards, like SOX, PCI, ISO, FERC, DOD, HiPAA, etc., claim full (100%) transparency and the ability to completely audit all processes in your company’s IT. Missing audit information represents a top-level risk, implying the impossibility of effectively detecting fraud, abuse and non-compliant behavior.

But how can incomplete logs be possible on platforms that have received the highest levels of [security] certifications? Your fear is reasonable! Various processes may be involved, such as invalid system configurations, critical system services supporting “no logging” features, tricky log suppression, bypassed security mechanisms, and much more. High-value compliance certifications may easily become invalidated in cases of incomplete audit data. Skilled software vendors, staff, or parties with malicious intent may easily dupe you by hiding the “actual truth,” and, furthermore, putting into question your company’s compliance and the legal protections of your auditing.


SF-NoEvasion draws on the experience of having penetrated and assessed mainframes for over a decade to achieve extremely secure environments.

It provides comprehensive and smart command and system service verification to completely audit and protect all critical z/OS components, including Security Server (RACF), user authentication, user password change, console commands, FTP, and much more. At last, you don’t have to put up with any potential weaknesses related to your audit trails, and you can finally achieve the highest level of automated controls and completeness in your compliance strategy!

You finally know the whole story that is essential to becoming really compliant and secure!


Over the past several years, compliance has become more and more an important issue, but also a tedious task. Our SF solutions assist you in automating the resulting workload to the max by also covering the entire mainframe platform - thanks to a 360-degree approach.


With SF-Sherlock, you can also protect your mainframe platform against attacks and combat high-level risks. Thanks to our max approach this also includes malicious code and exploits. Yes, both of these are real risks on the mainframe platform!

SF Solutions

All SF solutions are invented and developed in-house. Therefore, you can count on both our unique expertise and our high level of motivation in providing you with solutions and services with maximum performance, effectiveness, and productivity.

Are you expecting a governmental audit of your mainframe platform soon, as
by the BaFin, ECB, or one of
the “Big Four”?

Let us help you prepare your mainframe security and compliance.

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News & IT Security Forum

SF-Sherlock Continuous Delivery Level 089

Begin of april we launch SF-Sherlock’s Continuous Delivery Level 089. It provides a broad spectrum of new and innovative monitoring, protection and alerting capabilities. For example, the policy compliance checker contributes new “superpower” to the SF-Sherlock performance. This new level also supports your cost savings by adapting the SF-Sherlock workload to the “Tailored Fit Pricing.”

System REXX and BCPii are the ”next APF“

If you look back along the evolutionary steps of mainframe security, APF libraries play a leading role – due to their “superpower.” Until the 1980s, “almost anyone” working on a mainframe was able and allowed to define one themselves. In most cases, there was no APF library protection at all. Then there was a phase where APF-related auditing received more and more attention, and correspondingly became an important audit issue.

The attention that “APF” received as a security risk has continued to increase over time. Today, it has almost reached the highest level of awareness: only a very few members of a company’s mainframe team are allowed to define a new APF library or update existing ones. Any such action requires prior permission, not just some documentation after it has happened. On our customer visits, we have seen companies where a new APF library requires not only an official change request, but up to “5 signatures.” Otherwise, you lose your job. Correspondingly, relentless monitoring and compliance reporting has become standard for the “APF” risk, resulting in real-time security alerts by a SIEM if corresponding rules are bypassed.

So far, so good. Now that there is great awareness of “APF,” the question will be if the entire mainframe security mission has now been accomplished? Or what’s the next superpower, following “APF,” that mainframe users need to focus on?

Based on our worldwide penetration testing experience, we have determined that “System REXX” and “BCPii” are two further members of the superpower league; both are good candidates for becoming the next “big focus.” In recent years, both z/OS features have been improved so that they are now “easy-to-use” functions. But there is no free lunch. As a consequence, highly critical operations became minimally complex, and you have to “pay” the price for setting up gap-free security measures. User-friendly and easy-to-use superpower features are an invitation to attackers. Complexity is a kind of protection. Compared to assembler programming or disassembling machine code, REXX programming is pretty trivial!

This is why SF-Sherlock focuses intensively on both of these areas. Please feel free to contact us to discuss additional details of what is necessary to properly protect System REXX and BCPii.

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