PK Protect for z/OS

Discover And Protect Sensitive Data In Large z/OS
Data Sets With SchemaLink Technology

PK Protect for z/OS empowers organizations to accurately perform discovery and protection against their critical data stored in large VSAM clusters, sequential (extended and GDG), Partitioned (and extended), and Tape data sets on IBM Z mainframes. PK Protect for z/OS results are unmatched in the industry, giving your regulatory, data governance, and security teams the confidence they need to face oncoming audits and security challenges now and well into the future.

Why PK Protect for z/OS?

PK Protect for z/OS provides critical discovery on unstructured z/OS data sets. It is the only solution that uses data definitions and copybooks for accurate and precise discovery giving your organization the ability to:

  • Meet regulatory guidelines and avoid costly penalties.
  • Minimize impact and cost of a data breach and subsequent ransom.
  • Discover sensitive data that has moved around in testing, production and dev environments for over 60 years (including orphaned data sets).
  • Protect data before it is moved to the hybrid cloud.

  • Reduce time-consuming manual efforts to discover and validate data.
  • Support your internal policies.

The Unsolved Problem in z/OS

For the last 60 years, the world’s largest enterprises and governments have relied on IBM mainframes to carry their most critical workloads. Industries ranging from banking, insurance, financial services, and government, and even retail, are some of the largest consumers of Personal Identifiable Information or PII. The challenge is exacerbated when application developers copy production data for development and testing purposes, thereby duplicating, replicating, and proliferating sensitive data across the enterprise to support mission-critical applications.


of credit card transactions happen on mainframe systems.


of information technology workloads handled by mainframe systems.


out of 100 leading banks use mainframe computers for transaction.

PK Protect For z/OS With SchemaLink Technology Is The Solution

PK Protect for z/OS with SchemaLink Technology solves the issue of sensitive data duplication, replication, and proliferation. It offers a secure method for managing personally identifiable information (PII), thereby ensuring data privacy and adherence to compliance regulations.

SchemaLink Technology* is an innovative feature within PK Protect for z/OS that provides unparalleled support for files, whether they have copybooks or not. This pioneering technology is one of the first in the industry that delivers enhanced flexibility and convenience allowing you to easily protect and manage your data, regardless of the file structure, making PK Protect for z/OS the ultimate solution for comprehensive data security and accessibility. This means we use YOUR data definitions to read YOUR data sets to provide you with an accurate way to discover and protect sensitive data on z/OS.

PK Protect for z/OS Solution Overview

Learn more about the platform’s features, specifications, technology, and operational principles.

Designed To Protect What They Are Already After: The Data

PKWARE’s data-centric approach safeguards your valuable data across endpoints, the cloud, databases, data lakes, and wherever it is stored. This enables you to comply with critical worldwide privacy laws and regulations while securing the very target that hackers are already pursuing – your sensitive data and maintaining your customers’ trust. Our customers use PK Protect as a fundamental component of their corporate data compliance strategy because, when a breach occurs (and it inevitably will), it won’t matter much. Your data is already protected and rendered unusable based on your policies.

Unlock Your Data Risk Analysis

In a recent Data Risk Assessment conducted by PKWARE for a prominent US financial institution, we examined 504 million VSAM records and revealed that 88% of the scans contained sensitive data vulnerabilities.

Data Breach

The alarming statistics speak volumes:
422 million credit card numbers
450 million social security numbers

Data Saved

Saving this company approximately $150 million dollars in potential fines*
*According to the IBM Security “Cost of a Data Breach Report 2022”

Don’t wait for a data breach to strike; act now to safeguard your sensitive information and financial stability. Take a stand against data vulnerabilities and protect your organization’s reputation and bottom line.

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