Archive for January, 2010

Software that Addresses Your Auditing Concerns

Friday, January 29th, 2010
How happy would you be to be able to solve NonStop PCI Requirements 7, 7.1, 7.2, 8, 8.1, 8.2, 8.5, 8.5.6, 8.5.8, 8.5.15, 8.5.16, 10, 12.3.8, and 12.3.9,with a single package from XYPRO?
XYGATE Access PRO software was designed with the fundamental HP NonStop security requirements in mind and addresses those issues most likely to concern an experienced security analyst or auditor as well as being required by compliance regulations.

Why Access PRO?
XYGATE Access PRO provides you with the following:
  • Individual accountability, restricting each user to authorized actions based on that user’s job function, all without the use of any shared user ids.
  • Auditing as detailed as you need it to be (down to the keystroke)
  • Logon to logoff session controls and load-balancing
  • A convenient single spooler and peruse utility with advanced security and archiving functions.
Passing your audits will become a routine experience. Users will have the access and privileges they need to do their jobs, increasing resources available to focus on other areas that also affect profitability.

Detailed benefits of XYGATE Access PRO and the entire suite of XYGATE Security and Access Control software are highlighted in the free solutions papers available on our website: “PCI Compliance”, “SOX Compliance ” and “HIPAA Compliance “. Visit

Overwhelmed with PCI reporting requirements? XSW (part 3 of 3)

Monday, January 25th, 2010

PCI compliance requires a diverse set of specific checks and reports on many different parts of an HP NonStop system; databases, security access, application models, networks, encryption, users, and so on.  Manual HP tools each have unique export formats; some in a report-type format, but most as unstructured text, which is usually not helpful at all.  In fact, trying to create manual PCI reports for an HP NonStop system is a recipe for losing your hair!

Using XYPRO’s Security Compliance Wizard (XSW) you can load this diverse data into a consistent and query-able format, cutting PCI reporting down to size. XSW can then be used to create PCI reports in a standard printable format, regardless of whether the data concerns Users, Safeguard, disk files, PATHWAY, OSS files and directories, SQL/MX or Network information.

To start off, XSW provides you with over a hundred standard PCI reports and cross-references the PCI naming conventions to HP NonStop terminology, making it easier for you to complete the PCI reporting task.  For cycles of compliance, as required for PCI, XSW automatically provides this service and gives consistency to the reporting and checking. So save your hair and time and get XSW!

-Ellen Alvarado
NonStop Security Specialist

Powerful software for managing disk resources on HP NonStop servers

Friday, January 15th, 2010

In November 2009, XYPRO announced its strategic partnership with Merlon Software Corporation of Toronto, Canada.  This partnership has already proven successful and we are very happy to be aligned with a company that provides the NonStop community such effective products.

XYPRO represents Merlon’s database management software solutions on a global scale, and today we would like to highlight their disk management solution, Discover.   Discover provides a safe and efficient mechanism for monitoring disk resource usage on HP NonStop servers.  It replaces manual methods of tracking disk and file growth, reduces the risk of human error, and frees up operations and support staff for other tasks.

Why Discover?
Most applications depend on the availability of sufficient disk space in order to function correctly. If a disk volume becomes short of free space, an application may not be able to allocate the disk space required in order to continue running.

In addition, individual disk files may only grow to a pre-configured size. If an application continually adds new data to a file it will eventually encounter a “no space” error condition – even if there is free space available on the disk.

Either of these situations can cause part, or all, of an application to become unavailable. Discover enables you to avoid these conditions by taking corrective actions before they occur.

Discover continuously monitors disk and file usage, and predicts potential disk full and file full conditions before they occur. You can configure Discover to automatically invoke corrective actions, or to alert an operator that manual intervention is required.

Discover’s key features include the following:
•    Prevention of application outages due to disk or file full conditions
•    Continuous monitoring of disk utilization
•    “SpaceMaker” technology for improved disk space allocation
•    File attribute monitoring
•    Automatic reload of key sequenced files
•    User disk space quotas
•    Corrective measures initiated automatically
•    Comprehensive reporting
•    Worksheets
•    Discover Utilities
•    The Recycle Bin
•    Backup and Archive Support
In addition, Discover is work-flow oriented.  It organizes “action items” which are required in order to ensure the availability of your data. You can learn more about Discover and all of Merlon’s products by clicking here.

-Lisa Partridge

Use XSW create Safeguard access reports

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

(part 2 of 3)

If you are trying to make sense out of your tens of thousands of Safeguard records and ACLs, don’t expect Safeguard to help you. There is no HP tool that provides any level of extraction, except streamed text, and none to analyze access maps from Safeguard.

Using XYPRO’s Security Compliance Wizard (XSW) can create Safeguard access maps in minutes!  XSW can generate Safeguard access maps for users or user groups and the access that is granted or denied across Safeguard ACL types, including patterns.  These reports are a primary requirement of PCI, SOX and HIPAA.

-Ellen Alvarado
NonStop Security Specialist