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April 17, 2015 | Volume 12 Issue 15

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: True or False: A Pop Quiz on IBM i Security Facts
FEATURED ARTICLE: TechTip: The Many Dimensions of SQL DEFAULT Values
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Zend and Microsoft Azure Announce Strategic Partnership
ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: The Explosion of Security Vulnerabilities Requires Diligent Act with Carol Woodbury & special guest Jeff Uehling
EVENT: IFS Security - Don't Leave Your Server Vulnerable
MC VIDEO PORTAL: Introduction to Configuring iAccess Servers to use SSL

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Feature Article - Security
 
True or False: A Pop Quiz on IBM i Security Facts

It's Friday, and Carol remembers how much everyone loves a surprise test right before the weekend.

carol woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury

I don't know about you, but I've always hated taking tests. Hopefully, you will enjoy this True/False quiz on IBM i security facts and even learn a few things.


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The Essential Guide to Security. In this practical and highly readable guide--an update to her acclaimed IBM i & i5/OS Security & Compliance: A Practical Guide--security expert Carol Woodbury explains IBM i security and the way it functions within IBM i systems. Whether you’re new to IBM i or a seasoned veteran, this book contains the critical information and explanations you need to successfully maintain a secure system. Get your copy today. >>


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Feature Article - TechTip
 
TechTip: The Many Dimensions of SQL DEFAULT Values

Learn how using DEFAULTs in DB2 for i SQL can improve code management.

Written by Michael Sansoterra

With respect to computer systems, Dictionary.reference.com defines a "default" as:

value that a program or operating system assumes, or a course of action that a program or operating system will take, when the user or programmer specifies no overriding value or action.

 

Defaults are useful because they represent a common, standard value or processing action to take unless an alternative value or action is needed. Using defaults in DB2 for i can simplify development because developers can insert common, valid data, into table columns without necessarily having to concern themselves with "what value" is required.


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The Explosion of Security Vulnerabilities Requires Diligent Act with Carol Woodbury & special guest Jeff Uehling

Carol is pleased to be joined for this Coffee with Carol by friend and former colleague Jeff Uehling, current Chief Security Architect for IBM i.  Jeff and Carol will be discussing a number of the recent Security Vulnerabilities which have had a huge, industry-wide impact on both hardware and software vendors - including IBM and the IBM i development groups. These security vulnerabilities include well-publicized ones such as Heartbleed, Bash/Shellshock and Poodle as well as numerous vulnerabilities that haven’t hit the media. These vulnerabilities exist in areas such as Java, OpenSSL and many networking areas of your systems.

 

IBM i has long been known as a secure platform on which you can run your business critical applications. However, securing the system requires careful attention to the system-wide security configuration options, managing the authority settings on your data objects which contain your business critical data (corporate assets), and - as importantly - staying current with your enterprise-wide maintenance and ensure the latest PTFs/Fixes are installed in order to close "real" or "potential" security holes.

 

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Introduction to Configuring iAccess Servers to use SSL Presented by Carol Woodbury

Due to popular demand, Carol has updated her presentation on configuring iAccess to use SSL sessions to include, not just the step-by-step configuration guidance but also a discussion on the benefits and challenges of using certificates from a well-known CA (Certificate Authority) vs a self-signed certificate as well as practical tips for enterprise implementation.

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Introduction to Configuring iAccess Servers to use SSL

Due to popular demand, Carol has updated her presentation on configuring iAccess to use SSL sessions to include, not just the step-by-step configuration guidance but also a discussion on the benefits and challenges of using certificates from a well-known CA (Certificate Authority) vs a self-signed certificate as well as practical tips for enterprise implementation.


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