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What's Hot: Secure File Transfers on IBM i. What's Not: FTP PDF Print E-mail
Security - IBM i (OS/400, i5/OS)
Written by Bob Luebbe   
Monday, 22 June 2015 00:00

Organizations must rethink how file transfers are secured and controlled within the organization.

bob luebbeWritten by Bob Luebbe

Every day, millions of files are transmitted around the world by corporations, government, and other organizations. These electronic transfers include the critical data needed to conduct business, such as customer and order information, EDI documents, financial data, payment information, as well as employee and healthcare information.

 

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) has been used for decades to transmit vital information, but this popular protocol has serious security risks that should not be ignored.

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Last Updated on Monday, 22 June 2015 00:00
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Data Masking and Assuring Security During Software Testing PDF Print E-mail
Security - Compliance / Privacy
Written by Green Light Technology   
Monday, 22 June 2015 00:00

Your production data could be more exposed than you think during software testing.

Written by Green Light Technology

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "A Road Map to Successful Data Masking," which is available free from the MC White Paper Center.

 

Data masking during software testing (or otherwise) is not the simple process that the uninitiated might suppose. Gone are the days when replacing personally identifiable information with random characters makes the grade. Obfuscating data for use in development, testing, and QA environments means you need to be able to quickly provide teams with secure sets of consistent, meaningful data that can be used again and again. But this can be difficult to achieve, particularly in geographically dispersed organizations, and especially if you don't adopt a systematic, centralized approach to de-identifying sensitive data.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 08:01
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The Benefits of a Strong Security Implementation…Beyond Security PDF Print E-mail
Security - IBM i (OS/400, i5/OS)
Written by Carol Woodbury   
Friday, 19 June 2015 00:00

Carol explains the benefits of implementing the features of IBM i security…beyond the obvious security-related benefits.

carol woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury

While the benefits of using the integrated features of IBM i security are obvious—confidentiality of data, data integrity, fully audited, etc. —benefits beyond the obvious exist. Let's take a look.

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Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2015 00:00
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Tips for Preparing for an IBM i Audit PDF Print E-mail
Security - IBM i (OS/400, i5/OS)
Written by Carol Woodbury   
Friday, 15 May 2015 00:00

Audits may not always be your favorite activity, but there are a few things you can do ahead of time to prepare and make it less painful.

carol woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury

Many administrators go through what I call the "audit fire drill" when they hear they're about to undergo an audit. My desire is to help eliminate some of the panic when preparing for an audit by giving you some tips to follow.

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When Management Turns Its Back on Security: The Business Effects PDF Print E-mail
Security - General
Written by SkyView Partners, Inc.   
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 00:00

Something is preventing management from understanding the need to secure its electronic data.

Written by SkyView Partners

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "When Management Turns Its Back on Security: The Business Effects" available free at the MC White Paper Center.

 

One of the great mysteries as we walk into an IBM i shop is the lock on the computer room door. Often, when we first start consulting engagements, we are given a tour of the facility, and inevitably it includes a tour of the "raised floor" computer room, outfitted with expensive air-handling equipment and protected by a door that requires specific authorization to enter. The mystery is that, while all this expensive hardware needs physical protection, the company's most valuable assets are wide open to people who don't need access to them.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 13:57
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True or False: A Pop Quiz on IBM i Security Facts PDF Print E-mail
Security - IBM i (OS/400, i5/OS)
Written by Carol Woodbury   
Friday, 17 April 2015 00:00

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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Two-Factor Authentication and the IBM i: A Beautiful Marriage PDF Print E-mail
Security - IBM i (OS/400, i5/OS)
Written by Patrick Townsend   
Monday, 13 April 2015 00:00

What problem does Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) solve?

patrick townsendWritten by Patrick Townsend

The data breach at Target started in a typical way. The attackers planted malware on a user's PC via a phishing attack, captured a password, and used that password as the entry point to work their way into the Target corporate network. In this case, the stolen user credential was at a service provider to Target, not one of Target's own users. But that's immaterial. The attack method was very typical: steal a user credential to log into a system, and enter into the critical systems from there. You don't have to actually start by stealing the credentials to the most sensitive system. You can start at the periphery and work your way in.

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 00:00
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Getting Started with IBM i Security PDF Print E-mail
Security - IBM i (OS/400, i5/OS)
Written by PowerTech Group, Inc.   
Monday, 23 March 2015 00:00

It's a growing concern.

Written by PowerTech Group, Inc.

Editor's note: This article introduces the white paper "Getting Started with IBM i Security" available free at the MC White Paper Center.

 

Data security, while always a business concern, rose to critical prominence after 2012. The year was a record-breaker in both size and scope of breaches; there were massive distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against financial institutions, not to mention the shocking incident at the South Carolina Internal Revenue Service, a breach that spanned several months and resulted in 44 systems being compromised.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 22 March 2015 14:48
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