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Created by Guest
Created on Jun 17, 2015

Encryption of data and log files on MQ appliance

In order to comply with several regulatory requirements, we require our solutions to ensure that all data is encrypted while stored on disk.

Currently the only mechanism to achieve this on the MQ appliance is AMS, however AMS incurs significant CPU overheads due to the volume of PKI processing involved. A file based encryption mechanism (similar to GPFS/Spectrum Scale encryption) is desired to allow us to meet security mandates without creating performance issues.

Encryption would be needed for any file that contains message data, whether it is stored in the local drives or on a separate SAN.

Encryption per-file is preferred over volume encryption.

Symmetric key algorithms are preferred for the actual encryption of the file, however these keys must be additionally protected via a secure (i.e. PKI) mechanism.

A mechanism for rotating the symmetric keys is desirable. In a non-appliance install this would usually be achieved by creating new copies of the file under a different key, and replacing the originals - but the appliance does not offer this level of direct access

Mechanisms for rotating the PKI keys used to secure the symmetric keys would be required.

Strong ciphers - e.g. AES256 or higher, RSA, DSA or ElGamal

Signing/integrity mechanisms are not desired.

CBC or similar mechanisms are probably not viable due to random-access requirements.

An option to store keys on an external KMIP based key server would be desirable.

Support for an onboard HSM would also be desirable.

Idea priority High
RFE ID 72900
RFE Product IBM MQ
  • Guest
    Feb 28, 2022

    Support for encrypted file systems was introduced in the 9.2.5 firmware update. For more information see

  • Guest
    Oct 15, 2015

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - WebSphere
    Product family - Integration
    Product - IBM MQ

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - WebSphere
    Product family - Connectivity and Integration
    Product - IBM MQ

  • Guest
    Sep 8, 2015

    While this is not something that's going to be delivered in the short term, we think that it is likely that self-encrypting disks would be available in future versions of the appliance.