Field Encryption Release News

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  • The internal ZENCRPT subsystem is automatically activated if Encrypt or Decrypt is requested and the SBS is not active.
  • Exception groups, which control the format of the decrypted data as an addition to the standard “by user”, have been enhanced.
  • Exception groups eliminated most of the changes required in user programs to implement usage of product APIs that control the format of decryption.
    • For selected users the format changes based on (For completeness, the full explanation follows):
      • The program that requests the decryption. i.e. Program that transmits CC transactions to clearance house will get “clear text”.
      • The display file (DSPF) with or without the record format. i.e. Front desk will get “clear text” only on the screen for changing the CC.
      • A user written exit program is called at real time to possible change to either “clear text” or ”masked”.
  • Additional methods to handle performance issues were developed and tested.
  • More mask options for numeric fields of variable length.
  • Optional enablement of data entry on masked data
  • Enable entry of data Option to Encrypted field handling:
  • Dashboard can now show the status of fields from all files together.
  • BLOB and CLOB fields of up to 2GB are supported.
  • Collect Encryption PF Fields (CLTENFLD) – a new parameter was added: *LASTUSED – the library that was last used.
  • On Activation (search for text: Activate ZENCRPT subsystem) a notification was added: ZENCRPT is auto activated when needed. A minor delay may be noticed.
  • Option 81>1 was slightly changed.
  • Option 81>2 was added (explanation included in screen).
  • Option 21 Force Encryption Rotation was enhanced to include capability for scheduling it to run on a batch job.
  • The following was added to the Maintenance menu:
    • Supporting Commands: 31 Duplicate Fields for Encryption 32 Change Authorization Groups 33 Encrypt/decrypt fields

These are commands that allow working by commands rather than by the regular entry screen.