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TechTip: DSPSSTUSR: Get Quick Information About Your Service Tools Accounts PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Security
Written by Steve Pitcher   
Friday, 11 May 2012 01:00

IBM i 6.1 and 7.1 gave us many new commands and functions, including Display Service Tools User ID (DSPSSTUSR), which is very useful and should be part of your regularly scheduled security audits.

steve_pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

System Service Tools (SST) accounts can perform moderate maintenance on your Power Systems and IBM i operating system. You can work with disk configuration and partitions, view the product activity log, and much more. Dedicated Service Tools (DST) require the system to be in manual mode and allow you access to additional functions, such as working with the Licensed Internal Code (LIC). The same accounts are set up to access both SST and DST. Ideally, you want to ensure that these Service Tools accounts are under the watchful eye of your most trusted administrators. Any oddities should be investigated.

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Partner TechTip: IBM i Security: Nine Years of the Same Scary Story? PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Security
Written by Robin Tatam   
Friday, 11 May 2012 01:00

PowerTech readies the 2012 "State of IBM i Security" study.

robin_tatamWritten by Robin Tatam

Since 2004, when we published the first edition of PowerTech's popular security study, we've seen many exciting enhancements in the operating system we now call IBM i. Unfortunately, when it comes to changes in the configuration of the server's security controls, the story is much darker.

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Partner TechTip: Is Your IBM i "House" Built on a Solid Foundation? PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Security
Written by Robin Tatam   
Friday, 13 April 2012 01:00

PowerTech Compliance Monitor 3 lets you preview the effect of security level changes.

robin_tatamWritten by Robin Tatam

Each year, PowerTech's popular "State of IBM i Security" study reports on the assigned value of the IBM security system value, QSECURITY. While many systems now are running at the IBM recommended minimum level of 40, there are still numerous organizations that are running at level 30 and even (gasp!) level 20.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 April 2012 13:43
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Partner TechTip: The Road to Security: Evaluate Your Server for Free PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Security
Written by Robin Tatam   
Friday, 02 March 2012 01:00

PowerTech's Compliance Assessment performs a valuable service to hundreds of IBM i shops each year.

robin_tatamWritten by Robin Tatam

With the New Year and a new operating budget, it's time for many companies to start a security project. However, based on some of the calls I've received recently, there remains a lack of clear direction regarding the tasks and priorities.

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Last Updated on Friday, 02 March 2012 01:00
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Partner TechTip: Our System Administrator Did WHAT? PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Security
Written by Robin Tatam   
Friday, 20 January 2012 01:00

Are your powerful users accountable for their actions?

robin_tatamWritten by Robin Tatam

One of the greatest challenges an organization faces when securing an IBM i environment is protecting the system from the very people who are charged with its care: programmers, administrators, and security officers. While these power users often need access to restricted objects and commands, they rarely need that level of access 24 hours a day—and definitely not without accountability.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:24
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Partner TechTip: What's Your Compliance Score? PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Security
Written by Robin Tatam   
Friday, 16 December 2011 01:00

PowerTech Compliance Monitor scorecards make easy work of a tedious, but critical, task.

robin_tatamWritten by Robin Tatam

One of the most common requests I receive from customers is a way to provide the management team and auditors with a simple dashboard-type report of a system's configuration and its conformance with a baseline policy. For single systems, this can be a time-consuming task, prone to human error. When there are tens, or even hundreds, of system partitions, the work involved can become prohibitive.

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Partner TechTip: Don't Let Security Events Occur Unnoticed! PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Security
Written by Robin Tatam   
Friday, 04 November 2011 01:00

PowerTech's Interact product monitors critical security events in real time.

robin_tatamWritten by Robin Tatam

Let's face it; monitoring security events on IBM i servers probably isn't at the top of anyone's "bucket list." However, it's a critical process that every organization should perform to ensure that unauthorized activities don't occur unnoticed. Typically, there are two main issues with monitoring a system manually: 1) you have to deliberately (and repeatedly) check to see if something has happened, and 2) you are probably looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack of logged events.

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Partner TechTip: Automatic Audit Reports Are as Easy as 1-2-3 PDF Print E-mail
Tips & Techniques - Security
Written by Robin Tatam   
Friday, 23 September 2011 01:00

PowerTech Compliance Monitor 3 adds automated security and compliance reporting.

robin_tatamWritten by Robin Tatam

Remember the humorous MasterCard commercials from a few years ago? In my mind, I see one of them going like this:

 

State-of-the-art, 64-bit, multi-core Power7 hardware: $225,000

Highly securable IBM i operating system: $100,000

Discovering you can generate and distribute audit reports automatically: PRICELESS

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Last Updated on Friday, 23 September 2011 01:00
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