Security Patrol: Detecting a Breach

Carol discusses the actions to review that may indicate your system is under attack or has been breached.

carol woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury

Last month, I discussed the unthinkablethat your IBM i system has been breached. This month, I want to discuss ways that you can look for signs of a breach or an attack, as well as the information you'll want to retain to aid the investigation should a breach occur. Both require that your system be configured properly prior to the breach. Let's take a look.


TechTip: Monitoring AIX with SNMP

It's not hard to get SNMP v1 up and running. Just follow these simple steps.

david tansleyWritten by David Tansley

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a fellow AIX system administrator, who was having issues trying to get his SNMP v3 (Simple Network Management Protocol) client talking to the local SNMP monitor server. After a few email exchanges, I suggested he revert back to SNMP v1 to test the connectivity. I sent him a bare bones config file for SNMP v1 to test. The system admin was surprised by how small in size the config file was to get SNMP working. So let me share with you in this article how to mskr SNMP v1 communicate with an SNMP-aware monitor server. The standard configuration file AIX ships is over a 100 lines long. You don't need all those config entries to get SNMP up and running.

More Free-Form for RPG, Part 3

Seems like folks can't get enough of the free-form control statements replacement for specs in RPG. Or maybe it's just that everyone who writes wants to talk about it. But this is all I'll say about it, so at least be glad about that.

david shireyWritten by David Shirey

So far, we've covered free-format control statements and H control statements (Part 1), and file control statements (Part 2). What's left? Just data structure control statements, and the PI and PR control statements used for prototyping. So let's jump in.

The API Corner: Accessing System Information

It's easy with the Materialize Machine Attributes MI instruction.

bruce viningWritten by Bruce Vining

While RPG application developers can easily access job-related information, such as the current job date (special words such as UDATE or *DATE) and the current user of the program (offset 358 through 367 of the PSDS), there are (admittedly infrequent) times when the developer also needs specific pieces of system-related information. Items that rapidly come to mind are the serial number of the system and the name of the system, though I've also seen questions about the serial number of the LPAR the application is running on, how many processors there are on the system, and so on.

Are You Meeting the PCI DSS Security Standards?

Don’t take the requirements lightly; the cost of non-compliance could be very steep.

ira chandlerWritten by Ira Chandler

Acceptance of debit and credit cards is a growing requirement for businesses of all sizes. Since 2005, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI) has imposed strict mandates, the Data Security Standards (DSS), to ensure the security of the computer systems that process, transmit, and/or store sensitive credit card data.



News from Red Hat Summit 2014

Project Atomic, Container technologies, Enterprise Linux 7, OpenStack, and so much more...

HelpSystems Brings Flexibility to IBM i Performance Monitoring with New Mobile Interface

Mobile enablement initiative for Robot product line begins with customizable, browser-based dashboards for Robot/NETWORK performance management software.

WebSphere DataPower Gateway Appliances Firmware V7.0 Provides an Enhanced Gateway for Developers

IBM WebSphere DataPower Gateway Appliances are positioned to act as security and integration gateways for a full range of web, mobile, API, service-oriented architecture (SOA), B2B, and cloud workloads.

IBM Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters V1.1.2 for Linux Enhancements

IBM Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters V1.1.2 expands to new third-party tools and enhances support for agile practices.

Vantage for IBM Sametime Compliance Modules Help You Meet Social Business Regulatory Requirements

IBM Sametime V9.0 helps accelerate your social business by enabling people to interact in real time, build trust, and make faster, better informed decisions.

mrc Wants to Help Application Software Vendors Close More Deals

Software developer michaels, ross & cole, ltd. (mrc) announced their new application software vendor partnership program. This program is designed to help application software vendors close a higher percentage of demos they give to prospects and keep their customers on maintenance longer.



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Automate these 6 Areas to Maximize your IBM i Investment
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IBM i Web Reports and Queries Made Easy

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See What i Can Do With Modern RPG Development

Your applications deserve more than just a new look! Change the perception of the IBM i as “old” with modern development tips from IBM and Profound Logic Software.
Watch as Barbara Morris, Brian May and Alex Roytman dive beneath the GUI surface to show the benefits of:


  • Working with free-format RPG in IBM i TR7
  • Breaking free from “The Cycle” of traditional RPG development
  • Going beyond the 10 character limit in display and database files
  • And more!

You'll also see a live demonstration of these techniques as the presenters create a modern web application before your eyes! 


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