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PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, or SSL…what's a company to do?

 

Today, we often connect remotely to perform the same tasks we used to do onsite. The rapid acceptance and growth of the Internet has played a major role in organizations extending private networks. Now, organizations are creating and using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to provide access to network users whenever and wherever needed. With the introduction and blossoming of VPNs, working remotely is no longer a challenge. We have many choices, and connecting remotely is a relatively easy task. This article discusses and compares VPN options.

 

VPNs have been around for several years and have changed to provide an array of features. VPNs provide the capability for organizations to interconnect different office sites and allow mobile users, partners, or home users to securely access the company's private network services and data over the Internet from a remote location, no matter where that may be. Dialing in directly to a remote server was once the way to accomplish a remote connection. That method has some disadvantages, including cost of long-distance line charges and a need for multiple lines to accommodate multiple connections at a time. If a remote user has Internet connectivity and an organization has a connection to the Internet, the most cost-effective way is to tunnel in using a VPN.

 

Connecting remote sites or users together via VPN is accomplished using hardware and software on top of an existing private network to provide a secure extension of the private network. A variety of technologies provide security and privacy of information and control and separate traffic. A VPN can be implemented internally or accomplished using a service provider. Although the Internet is the most popular choice, a VPN may use Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Internet Protocol (IP), or Frame Relay infrastructure.

 

VPNs have grown in popularity as organizations look to save money on remote network access. Many organizations have included use of VPNs as a solution to providing secure private Wi-Fi wireless networks. It is likely VPN technology will continue to expand in upcoming years.

VPN Potential Benefits

  • Enhanced geographic connectivity and global networking opportunities
  • Security improvements
  • Scalability
  • Reduced transmit time and transportation costs for remote users
  • Improved productivity
  • Simplified network topology
  • Cost savings
  • Ability to share resources with partners
  • Broadband networking compatibility

Security

Security is a key VPN factor and requires consideration. Security can be accomplished through several options.

 

  • Firewalls—A firewall is a gateway that provides a barrier and layer between a private network and the Internet. Firewalls can be used to restrict the number of ports that are open, terminate VPN sessions, and control protocols allowed and types of packets allowed. They can also perform network address translation and packet filtration and may be used as proxy servers.
  • Encryption—Encryption is the process of encoding data that a computer is sending to another computer in a form that only the receiving computer is able to decode. When data leaves a computer, it is encrypted and is then sent in a private tunnel across the Internet to the receiving computer, where it is received and decrypted. The data can't be read while encrypted (during transmission). This also means the data can't be changed. Encryption allows potentially sensitive information to be hidden from the general public.
  • IPSec—Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) is a grouping of protocols used for securing IP communications by authenticating and encrypting IP packets. IPSec establishes mutual authentication at both ends of the connection and negotiates encrypted keys that are used during a VPN connection session.
  • AAA Server—Authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) servers ensure secure access in a remote access VPN environment. When a request to establish a session comes in from a remote user, the request is proxied to the server. Authentication determines who is connecting. Authorization dictates what the user is allowed to do. Accounting tracks what the user does, which is useful for security reporting, auditing, and billing.

Hardware

Hardware that is typically used when implementing a VPN includes servers, routers, firewalls, and concentrators. Routers and firewalls are considered VPN gateways. A router is an electronic device used to connect two or more computers, servers, or other electronic devices to each other. It may use either a wired or wireless connection and is usually used to connect to the Internet. A concentrator creates a remote-access VPN and incorporates use of advanced encryption and authentication techniques. A VPN concentrator works out well when you require a single device to handle a large number of incoming VPN tunnels. Concentrators provide VPN availability, performance, and scalability. They are usually Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or IPSec, or some concentrators provide ability to utilize either.

Tunneling

VPNs typically rely on tunneling to create a private network accessed through use of the Internet. Tunneling is the process of placing a packet within another packet and sending it over a network from one location to a private network. Tunneling protocols create the connection, and encryption protocols provide security and privacy, allowing users to safely connect to and through an organization's private network. Link Layer protocols tunnel through the underlying transport network. The protocol of the outer packet is understood by the network. Both points, where the packet enters and exits the network, are called tunnel interfaces.

Types of VPN Access

A VPN can be run over a shared public infrastructure and have the same security, quality, reliability, and manageability as is provided within an organization's internal private network infrastructure. The basic types of VPN services are site-to-site VPNs, point-to-point VPNs, and remote access VPNs.

 

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A typical VPN might have a main local area network (LAN) at the main office and other LANs at remote office sites. This is referred to as a site-to-site VPN. Site-to-site is similar to point-to-point except that there is no dedicated line in use. Each site has its own Internet connection, which may not be from the same Internet Service Provider (ISP) or even the same type of ISP. One may have a DSL connection while another may have a T1 connection. Unlike point-to-point, the routers at both ends do all of the work. They act as gateways and manage routing and encryption. Site-to-site is an easy way to connect two offices without having each user dial up using a point-to-point tunneling protocol (PPTP) connection. Site-to-site may also include use of additional hardware and firewall devices.

 

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A point-to-point VPN connection is two or more networks connected using a dedicated line from an ISP. These types of connections can be expensive because a physical loop of fiber or wire is required to connect the locations. This type of connection would likely be accomplished using a high-speed circuit-based leased line. The point-to-point connection does not use the Internet, so performance is not impacted by routing issues, resource sharing with external users, or latency. Point-to-point may be considered when maximum connection throughput is required.

 

Usually, a VPN has a network topology more complex than a point-to-point connection. A VPN can be used to separate groups of user traffic over an underlying private network with extra security features or to provide access to a private network using customized or private routing mechanisms. VPNs are often used to mask the IP address of a connecting computer within the Internet to allow accessing the Internet anonymously or to access an organization's restricted resources.

 

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A remote access VPN is used to connect remote office locations, mobile users, remote users, and/or partners through the Internet.

Types of VPNs

Protocols are used to establish the tunneled connections. The types of VPN protocols available include PPTP, Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP), IPSec, and SSL. Each type has advantages and disadvantages. The key to choosing a VPN technology that best suits your specific needs is understanding your user's access requirements and your organization's needs. Key consideration factors include number of users, performance and throughput requirements, server and client operating systems deployed, network resources to which access is needed, administrative requirements, security, topology, and cost. Less expensive may not always be the best choice. The starting point in deploying a VPN is understanding the protocols and selecting the type of VPN technology to use. These protocols emphasize use of authentication and encryption. Authentication allows VPN clients and servers to establish identity of users on the private network. Encryption allows potentially sensitive information to be hidden from unintended users.

 

The Open System Interconnection (OSI) model is a description for layered communications and computer network protocol design. OSI divides network architecture into seven layers: physical, data-link, network, transport, session, presentation, and application.

 

Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)

 

A simple type of VPN protocol, PPTP is an extension of the Internet standard Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP). It is a software-based VPN system that exists at the data link layer (Layer Two) in the OSI model and uses an organization's existing Internet connection to create a secure tunnel between two points, allowing a remote user to connect to a remote network. Several corporations, including Microsoft, worked together to create the PPTP specifications. PPTP is usually associated with Microsoft because nearly all versions of Windows include built-in client support for this protocol. Juniper and Cisco also provide PPTP ability and require third-party software to be loaded on remote clients. Currently, PPTP is the most common method of VPN connection and is the easiest to set up within a Windows environment.

 

Microsoft's implementation of PPTP uses PPP to encapsulate the data and then encrypt the data with Microsoft Point-to-Point Encryption (MPPE). Authentication is provided by Windows' built-in dialup authentication protocols. The protocols authenticate both the client and the VPN server by use of a user ID and password, a computer certificate, or a smart card. Once the data is encrypted, it is encapsulated inside a Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) packet. The packet provides the information necessary to transmit PPP information over the Internet. To complete data transmission, two more layers are added. First, an IP header containing the source and destination IP addresses is constructed; then, a data link header and trailer, appropriate to the type of network being used, are created. In the case of Internet, an Ethernet header is the appropriate MAC address for the local network interface and the gateway. PPTP uses a separate unencrypted command channel to carry commands used to open, close, and maintain the connection. It uses port 1723 on the server and a dynamic port on the client. PPTP establishes the tunnel but does not provide encryption; it is used with the MPPE protocol to create a secure VPN.

 

PPTP is easy to set up in Windows environments because it doesn't require installing client software. Windows servers can also function as PPTP VPN servers. Clients are freely available for all of the popular versions of Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS, and other operating systems. PPTP is faster than some other VPN methods because of relatively low overhead and is supported by many firewall appliances and firewall software, including Cisco, PIX, Sonic Wall, and some models of WatchGuard.

 

PPTP does not choose a single standard for authentication and encryption. Several products are compliant with PPTP but may not be compatible with each other. PPTP may not be as secure as other alternatives, but many of the security features and flaws have been improved in more current versions of the protocol. Confidentiality and encryption are not provided. PPTP relies on the protocol being tunneled to provide privacy. Security of PPTP VPNs can be enhanced by using Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP). EAP uses digital certificates for improved security and mutual authentication. It requires there is not a public-key infrastructure.

 

L2TP and IPSec may one day obsolete PPTP. However, it currently remains quite popular.

 

Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP)

 

L2TP, implemented primarily in Cisco products, is a newer technology developed in cooperation between Cisco and Microsoft that combines some of the features of PPTP with Cisco's Layer 2 Forwarding (L2F) protocol. L2TP is a direct competitor to PPTP for VPN tunneling. In an attempt to improve on L2F, the best features of it and PPTP were combined to create a new standard called L2TP. Like PPTP, L2TP exists at the data link layer (Layer Two) in the OSI model. In Windows implementations, L2TP wraps the whole thing up in Microsoft's version of the IPSec encryption and authentication protocols. IPSec's Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP) protocol provides the encryption for L2TP tunnels.

 

IPSec encrypts the data securely and authenticates both ends of the connection at the computer level through the exchange of a security certificate or pre-shared key. Standard PPP authentication validates the user with a user ID and password combination. The IPSec authentication provides an extra level of security by ensuring that the machines at both ends of the VPN are known and trusted.

 

L2TP can be used without IPSEC, but this would not be a feasible option, as it uses no other form of encryption. L2TP VPNs do not use a separate, unencrypted connection to send control information as PPTP ones do. Rather, data needed to start, maintain, and close a VPN tunnel through the Internet is sent and received through the same port, in the same form as the data from that tunnel, using L2TP control data instead of PPP encapsulated data that would normally be the payload. L2TP uses IPSec to encrypt and unencrypt both the control and data packets.

 

L2TP has several advantages over PPTP. One advantage is that it can be used on non-IP networks, such as ATM, X.25, and frame relay. L2TP VPNs are supported by many major firewall products, including Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server, Check Point, Cisco PIX, and WatchGuard. The L2TP client is built into Windows 2000, XP, and 2003, but you can download client software for most pre-Windows 2000 operating systems (Windows 98, ME, and NT 4.0). L2TP requires the use of digital certificates. User authentication can be performed via PPP authentication. This adds an extra level of security. L2TP goes further and also provides data integrity for protection against modification of the data between the time it leaves the sender and the time it reaches the recipient, authentication of origin in confirmation that the user who claims to have sent the data really did, and replay protection, which keeps a hacker from being able to capture data that is sent. The overhead in providing extra security can result in slightly slower performance in comparison to PPTP.

 

Internet Protocol Security (IPSec)

 

IPSec is a collection of multiple related protocols that can be used as a complete VPN protocol solution. It can be used by itself as a tunneling protocol, or it can be used as the encryption scheme within L2TP or PPTP. IPSec exists at a higher layer of the OSI model (Layer 3). It provides enhanced security features such as better encryption algorithms and more comprehensive authentication. Often, it is considered to be the standard VPN solution, especially for site-to-site VPNs that connect two LANs.

 

IPSec has two encryption modes: tunnel and transport. Tunnel encrypts the header and the payload of each packet, while transport encrypts only the payload. All devices must use a common key, and the firewalls of each network must have similar security policies. IPSec in tunnel mode secures packets that are transmitted between two gateways or between a client computer and a gateway, including router to router, firewall to router, PC to router, and PC to server. An IPSec VPN works only with IP-based networks and applications. Like PPTP and L2TP, IPSec requires that the VPN client software is installed. Several vendors include managed client features within the VPN client software, making it possible to establish policies, including requiring client machines to have anti-virus and/or personal firewall software installed before allowing access to the VPN gateway. There may be a charge to purchase client software licenses.

 

Several hardware VPN appliances use an implementation of IPSec. For example, Cisco's VPN Concentrator products and PIX firewalls support IPSec, as do NetScreen, Sonic Wall, and WatchGuard appliances. Enterprise-level software firewalls—such as ISA Server, Checkpoint, and Symantec Enterprise Firewall—also support IPSec VPNs.

 

Authentication is accomplished through the Internet Key Exchange (IKE) protocol with either a pre-shared key or digital certificates, which is a more secure method. IPSec VPNs can protect against many of the most common attacks, including Denial of Service (DoS), man in the middle, or replay attacks.

 

IPSec support is included in Windows 2000/XP/2003 but not in older versions of Windows operating systems. VPN gateway vendors, such as Cisco and CheckPoint, provide client software for their IPSec-based VPNs.

 

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

 

SSL—which has been renamed Transport Layer Security (TLS)—is a VPN technology that has been growing in popularity. SSL VPNs don't require VPN client software loaded because SSL uses the Web browser as the client application. This means the protocols that SSL VPNs can use are limited, which may be a security advantage. With SSL, rather than provide VPN client access to the entire network or subnet, access can be restricted to specific applications. If the applications that you would like users to access are not accessible, browser-based programming may be necessary to create Java or Active X plug-ins, and the client browser settings will need to be opened to allow active content, which may expose the browser to other malicious applets unless you set it to block unsigned active content and ensure that the plug-ins are digitally signed. SSL VPN gateways can use applets to provide managed client features to verify that anti-virus software or firewall software is installed on the VPN client before allowing access. Applets may provide additional security features as well.

 

SSL VPNs operate at the session layer of the OSI model (Layer 5). This provides the ability to control access at a more granular level. SSL VPNs use digital certificates for server authentication. Other methods may be used, but digital certificates are considered the most secure and preferred method.

VPN Providers

Now that you are familiar with VPN options, you must determine which solution best fits your needs. The next step is to design the solution and determine the hardware, software, and services that will be used to implement it. A good starting point is to take inventory of what you already have and determine what you need. Numerous vendors provide VPN-related products and services. Your solution may require additional hardware, including routers and concentrators, or may require firewall software or VPN client software. Keep in mind there are open-source solutions available, and many vendors will provide trial use of software. If you decide VPN client software is needed, lots of options are available. If PPTP is an option that will work for your solution and you are already using Microsoft servers, no other software may be required. Cisco, a very popular VPN solution, adds some additional security features. AT&T, GreenBow, Sonic, and many other options are also available. Options like Secure Remote include a fob that is used in addition to a user ID and password. The fob continually changes an access token displayed on the fob screen.

VPN for Remote Access

VPN is often the best and most cost-effective way to provide remote access to an organization's network. The first step in deploying a VPN is selecting the type of VPN technology to use, with PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, and SSL being the most common. Each has advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to familiarize yourself with the characteristics of each and assess your needs before making a decision.

 

A well-designed VPN should include security, reliability, scalability, and network and policy management. The world has changed a lot over the last couple of decades. Many organizations have expanded to include global markets and business relations. Connecting remotely has become much more widely accepted. Setting up a VPN is an ideal solution to providing access to a private network wherever the remote users may reside.

 

Laura Ubelhor
Laura Ubelhor owns and operates Consultech Services, Inc., a Rochester, Michigan-based technology consulting company. She is an author of HTML for the Business Developer (MC Press, 2008) and many technology articles. She also helped write the COMMON certification RPG and Business Computing Professional exams. Laura has been involved in the Southeast Michigan iSeries User group since 1988, and has served as group president for over 15 years and as lead organizer for the group’s annual MITEC conference. She is also a longtime volunteer for COMMON, the IBM i and Power Systems user group, and has spent much of her career advocating for IT professional education.
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    During this webinar, Carol and Debbie discuss the importance of a good backup plan, how to ensure you’re backing up your security information, and your options for encrypted back-ups.

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Profound.js: The Agile Approach to Legacy Modernization

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    In this presentation, Alex Roytman (CEO, Profound Logic) and Liam Allan (2016 COMMON Student Innovation Award winner) will unveil a completely new and unique way to modernize your legacy applications.
    Learn how Agile Modernization:


    - Uses the power of Node.js in place of costly system re-writes and migrations
    - Enables you to modernize legacy systems in an iterative, low-risk manner
    - Makes it easier to hire developers for your modernization efforts
    - Integrates with Profound UI (GUI modernization) for a seamless, end-to-end legacy modernization solution

    Watch this Webcast NOW!

  • The Truth About Viruses on IBM i

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    Protecting your data from viruses or malicious code is not an unfamiliar concept, but understanding how these threats can affect your Power Systems server may not be as easy to grasp.
    There are many myths about viruses and IBM i—including the belief that the system is immune. Many Power Systems managers still don’t see viruses as a risk because they see them as a Windows threat. While this was once true, today’s connected environments operate under different rules.
    It’s time to take action and protect IBM i and the network that connects to it. This on-demand webinar will help you gain an understanding of the relationships between:

    - Viruses and the integrated file system (IFS)
    - Power Systems and Windows viruses
    - PC-based anti-virus scanning vs native IBM i scanning
    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. Learn the facts to ensure you're fully-protected.

  • Business Process Automation with Robot

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    Automate Process Flow Through the Data Center
    Typical “computerized” business processes are a combination of multiple schedulers, operational scripts, CL programs, and manual file checking, all backed up with the trusty runbook.
    Is there a better way to manage business processes?
    It is a common misconception that a business process cannot be automated if it’s too complicated or requires that someone verify each step. We’re here to tell you there is a better way to manage your business—process automation is possible!
    Take 30 minutes to learn the options for automating your business process flow and how they fit into your data center processing, including cases of:
    - Complex or iterative schedules
    - Event-driven dependencies
    - Multi-platform dependencies
    - Dynamically calculated parameters
    - Exception notification
    - SAP and Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne integration
    How do I know business process automation is effective?
    If you have any doubts that automating complex business processes will improve your level of service, you’ll also hear a success story from the senior systems administrator at Trident Seafoods who embraced automation using the Robot solution and is reeling in the benefits!

  • Find Out Why You Should Keep Data on IBM i

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    It’s simple. IBM i is the most reliable, securable, and powerful platform to house your critical business data.
    IBM i was built for business and has added features and functionality over the years to keep up with modern business needs. You can trust it to run your business, access your data in real-time, and keep your data secure. Plus, IBM i can scale to your business and handle all of your critical data.
    Can your other platforms do that?
    We didn’t think so.
    Watch this 30-minute webinar to learn why you should keep your data on IBM i, including:
    - IBM i is reliable
    - IBM i offers fast and secure real-time data access
    - IBM i helps your business prepare for tomorrow
    Plus, we demonstrate how Sequel Data Access helps you modernize IBM i data access and meet your business needs.

  • Mobile Apps for IBM i Monitoring

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    Overnight and weekend support can be a minefield for operations teams tasked with attempting to maintain system availability, especially when they must rely on laptop-based VPN access—where a delayed response can prove costly.
    With over 2 billion smartphone users worldwide, it’s perfectly reasonable for you to use the BYOD movement to your advantage and start managing your IT infrastructure from the palm of your hand. Watch this on-demand webinar to learn how Halcyon has modernized this crucial layer of support by introducing mobile applications for IBM i monitoring.
    You’ll hear how one company has used the Enterprise Console mobile app to provide a valuable audit trail and speed up response time. You’ll also learn:
    - The benefits of mobile apps
    - How to respond to critical messages within seconds
    - How to get notifications your way on your device
    - How to set up escalation, ensuring alerts are always handled in a timely fashion
    If your team is responsible for managing IBM i applications and services after regular business hours, you won’t want to miss this one!

     

  • Speed Up Your Manufacturing and Distribution with Paperless Processes

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    Your ERP system —whether it’s JDE World, Enterprise One, Infor, Epicor, Microsoft Dynamics, VAI, or anything else—is essential to maintaining your company’s key business information and processes. But you’re constantly generating and receiving paper and electronic documents, too, and it’s hard to keep everything straight. So, you wind up chasing documents and data around—and keeping your customers and vendors waiting.
    It’s time to make life easier and make your customers happier. With an electronic document management system, you can integrate with your ERP to keep all of your key documents and data in one spot.
    And when all of your documents are stored digitally, you can speed up your processes and get key documents (like purchase orders and invoices) approved faster.
    Watch the webinar and learn how to:
    - Integrate a document management system with your ERP
    - Capture all of your key shop floor, order, and shipment documents in one central repository
    - Improve customer, vendor, and employee response times
    - Accomplish more work without adding additional staff
    It’s time to deliver your shipments faster and keep your customers happy by streamlining your paperwork processes.

  • Dock Door Signing Made Easy

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    How long does dock door signing take your organization? Too long if you’re still using manual processes and paper.
    From generating to collating to printing to routing to signing, manual processes and paper slow down your organization—and your delivery times. Electronic documents and digital signature capture can change all of that. And your organization will be able to create, route, approve (with digital signatures), and retrieve documents faster.
    Learn how digital signature capture helps you:
    - Eliminate steps in your approval processes
    - Improve auditability
    - Reduce customer service time to resolve questions
    Plus, we’ll demonstrate how digitizing signatures and documents will reduce your organization’s costs over the long haul.

  • 5 Reasons Developers Love Robot Schedule

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    Why AppDev Should Embrace Automation
    Your application development team is an expensive resource that works hard to improve business processes, yet more and more IBM i shops are putting AppDev in charge of managing day-to-day system operations.
    Instead of taking their attention away from the website, business analytics, mobile, security, SQL data access, and more, streamline operations with automation and build in notifications so your teams have visibility into processing when they need it, and can manage the rest by exception.
    In just 30 minutes, our experts will show how AppDev teams can take advantage of Robot automated operations on IBM i and beyond so they can:
    - Stop programming for multi-platform job and file event dependencies
    - Stop struggling with incorrect parameter values
    - Stop wondering where to fit a process into daily, weekly, or monthly cycles
    - Stop the on-call headaches, the firefighting, and the lack of progress cycle
    - Go ahead, give your AppDev team a productivity boost!

  • Affordable Query Tool for Software Developers

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    NGS’ Software Developer Kit (SDK) gives IBM i developers comprehensive query, dynamic mobile reporting, analytics and Web report design features at an affordable cost. Install and create meaningful outputs for managers in one day! Web page and portal integration, email, FTP are included.
    The $895* SDK includes a one user license, online training, user manuals, one year of software maintenance; toll-free support and online incident reporting.
    - Want to modernize beyond Query/400 and PC files transfers?
    - Need a Web reporting solution without the learning curve and overhead of DB2 Web Query?
    - Have many reporting needs, but a tight budget and small staff?
    View the demo and request a FREE TRIAL of the SDK.
    * Limited time offer.

  • Your introduction to RCAC and Authority Collection

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    IBM has provided us with two powerful and very exciting security enhancements in the last two versions of IBM i.

    Scott Forstie of IBM joins Carol Woodbury to demonstrate and describe the V7R2 feature called Row and Column Access Control (RCAC), which extends how you define which users have access to specific rows in a database file. RCAC also provides a way to mask data for all or selected users.

    The recently released V7R3 adds Authority Collection. Authority Collection provides organizations and vendors with the ability to know exactly what authority is required to perform a task, eliminating the guesswork. Gone is the need to set *PUBLIC authority on database files to *ALL or to automatically grant service accounts *ALLOBJ special authority just because you’re unsure of what authority is required.

    Watch Scott and Carol as they discuss these and other new security features delivered in V7R2 and V7R3.

  • ​Getting Started with IBM i Security: Event Auditing

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    Learn why event auditing is necessary and how to configure it
    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.
    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.
    This second session of the series introduces event auditing, with Robin Tatam covering the basics and more:
    - Why auditing is necessary
    - Determine if IBM i auditing is currently active
    - How to configure auditing with one simple command
    - What audit events are recorded (and which are missed!)
    - How high availability (HA) applications often make critical events disappear
    - Event reporting and real-time alerting

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: Securing PC Access

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    Protect your system from unauthorized network access through readily available PC tools

    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.

    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.

    This on-demand webinar will show you how well-known services like FTP and ODBC enable users to access sensitive data without oversight or restrictions. Robin Tatam will also explain what exit programs are and how you can use them to protect your organization.

  • No Time for IBM I Security? No Problem

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    “Security” is definitely on your IT staff’s to-do list, but how often does this item get checked off?

    IT doesn’t have enough time for security—the 2016 IBM i Security Study proves it. The trouble is that data security isn’t a set-and-forget project. Data security on your IBM i requires on-going attention and expertise.

    In this on-demand webinar, you’ll learn how to save time and work more effectively. We’re cutting to the core of IBM i security by outlining the simple strategy developed by our experts.

    You’ll see a straightforward approach to understanding and addressing risk to your IBM i data. We’ll also show you how our world-class security services help people protect business-critical data when they don’t have the time, resources, or knowledge to tackle IBM i security on their own.

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: System Values

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    Set the tone for data protection with security-relevant system values

    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.

    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.

    The series opens with an introduction to security-relevant system values.

    System values are one of the fundamental elements of IBM i security. The security system values enable you to “set the tone” of security on your IBM i, enforce password composition rules, and enable auditing. Watch this on-demand webinar to see Carol Woodbury describe these system values and provide guidance on their best practice settings.

  • Getting Started with IBM i Security: Integrated File System (IFS)

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    The IFS is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of IBM i security
    Experts’ fears surrounding the risks associated with poor configuration were recently confirmed by the 2016 State of IBM i Security Study. Published annually, the results reveal most Power Systems lack adequate security controls and auditing measures.
    In this fast-paced webinar series, leading experts Robin Tatam and Carol Woodbury share insight into critical areas of IBM i security.
    This recorded session has Robin Tatam introducing IFS security:
    - Defining IFS
    - How the IFS is configured
    - Common IFS security mistakes
    - What a virus can do to IBM i through the IFS
    - Tracking user activity

  • ​7 Habits of Highly Secure Organizations

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    Everyone knows that cyber security is important, but getting started on the road to data protection and compliance can be confusing and intimidating. Understanding common vulnerabilities helps you focus your attention and resources on the areas that need the most help.
    We all want “best-practice” security, but what are top organizations doing to achieve and maintain it?
    Watch this webinar to learn the details about how to develop the seven habits that are part of daily life for secure organizations. You’ll learn how to:
    - Break the Ostrich Syndrome
    - Develop a Security Policy
    - Assess Current Standing
    - Perform Security Event Logging and Review
    - Use “Best of Breed” Technologies
    - Monitor for Ongoing Compliance
    - Plan for the Future
    This on-demand webinar examines what each of these habits means to IBM i, and helps you make sure that you don’t become the next security statistic.

  • An Introduction to PCI Compliance on IBM Power Systems

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    "From the world's largest corporations to small Internet stores, compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is vital for all merchants who accept credit cards, online or offline, because nothing is more important than keeping your customer’s payment card data secure.” — PCI Security Standards Council
    Complying with the PCI standard is a normal part of doing business in today’s credit-centric world. But, PCI applies to multiple platforms.
    The challenge becomes how to map the general PCI requirements to a specific platform, such as IBM i. And, more importantly, how can you maintain—and prove—compliance?
    Watch this webinar to understand:
    - How PCI requirements relate to IBM i systems
    - IBM i-specific barriers to compliance
    - How PowerTech security solutions help you fulfill PCI requirements, meet compliance guidelines, and satisfy auditors
    You’ll leave with the knowledge and confidence you need to evaluate PCI compliance requirements and prepare your IBM i system for today’s regulatory challenges.

  • Implementing Multiple Layers of Defense

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    Your IBM i holds a massive amount of data. In most organizations, that data constitutes a mission-critical and high-value asset.

    How do you adequately protect the data residing on your IBM i, given its value to your organization? IBM has provided us with many options for protecting our data, but it’s now always clear how to select and implement the best options for your circumstances.

    This recorded webinar describes IBM i’s different data security options, along with implementation recommendations and tips for getting started. Carol Woodbury, one of the world’s top IBM i security experts, also provides considerations to help you determine how many layers of security are right for your organization.

  • Data Breaches: Is IBM i Really at Risk?

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIBM i is known for its security, but this OS could be more vulnerable than you think.
    Although Power Servers often live inside the safety of the perimeter firewall, the risk of suffering a data leak or data corruption remains high.
    Watch noted IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses common ways that this supposedly “secure” operating system may actually be vulnerable and who the culprits might be.

    Watch the webinar today!

     

  • Easy Mobile Development

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    Watch this on-demand webinar and learn how to rapidly and easily deploy mobile apps to your organization – even when working with legacy RPG code! IBM Champion Scott Klement will demonstrate how to:
    - Develop RPG applications without mobile development experience
    - Deploy secure applications for any mobile device
    - Build one application for all platforms, including Apple and Android
    - Extend the life and reach of your IBM i (aka iSeries, AS400) platform
    You’ll see examples from customers who have used our products and services to deliver the mobile applications of their dreams, faster and easier than they ever thought possible!
    Watch this Webinar Now!

  • Profound UI: Unlock True Modernization from your IBM i Enterprise

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    Modern, web-based applications can make your Enterprise more efficient, connected and engaged. This session will demonstrate how the Profound UI framework is the best and most native way to convert your existing RPG applications and develop new modern applications for your business. Additionally, you will learn how you can address modernization across your Enterprise, including databases and legacy source code, with Profound Logic.
    We will demonstrate how Profound UI:
    - Goes beyond simple screen-scraping to truly modernize your RPG applications
    - Uses RPG Open Access and your own RPG code and development talent to modernize
    - Supports rapid development with an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop Designer
    - Integrates with our on-the-fly modernization, mobile development, and Enterprise Modernization solutions

  • 5 New and Unique Ways to Use the IBM i Audit Journal

    SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericHigh availability for IBM i has been a hot topic in 2017, jumping 20% from our 2016 survey to take the #2 seat on IT priority lists just behind cybersecurity. And no surprise with these two topics so closely tied to your most valuable asset: your irreplaceable business data.
    With major airline outages last year and the recent ransomware attacks, you must be asking yourself: am I doing everything I can to protect my organization’s data?
    Tune in as our panel of IBM i high availability experts—Tom Huntington, Matt Staddler, and Cole Ragland—deliver lively discussion around the top high availability issues of today, including:

    • Why companies don’t test role swaps when they know they should
    • Whether high availability in the cloud makes sense for IBM i users
    • Why some organizations don’t have high availability yet
    • How to get high availability up and running at your organization
    • High availability considerations for today’s security concerns

    There are no do-overs when it comes to your data. Once it’s gone, it’s gone...unless you have a data replication layer in place to protect it. Learn the value of these strategic solutions and how you can implement them in a hurry—watch now!

     

  • Profound.js 2.0: Extend the Power of Node to your IBM i Applications

    SB Profound WC 5541In this Webinar, we'll demonstrate how Profound.js 2.0 enables you to easily adopt Node.js in your business, and to take advantage of the many benefits of Node, including access to a much larger pool of developers for IBM i and access to countless reusable open source code packages on npm (Node Package Manager).
    You will see how Profound.js 2.0 allows you to:

    • Provide RPG-like capabilities for server-side JavaScript.
    • Easily create web and mobile application interfaces for Node on IBM i.
    • Let existing RPG programs call Node.js modules directly, and vice versa.
    • Automatically generate code for Node.js.
    • Automatically converts existing RPGLE code into clean, simplified Node.js code.

    Download and watch today!

     

  • Make Modern Apps You'll Love with Profound UI & Profound.js

    SB Profound WC 5541Roses are red, your UIs are green...It's time to make your apps proud to be seen!
    Whether you have green screens or a drab GUI, your outdated apps can benefit from modern source code, modern GUIs, and modern tools.
    Profound Logic's Alex Roytman and Liam Allan are here to show you how Free-format RPG and Node.js make it possible to deliver applications your whole business will love.
    In this webinar, you'll learn how you can use both Profound UI and Profound.js to:

    • Transform legacy RPG code to modern free-format RPG and Node.js
    • Deliver truly modern application interfaces with Profound UI
    • Extend your RPG applications to include Web Services and NPM packages with Node.js

    This webinar will include a live product demonstration and Q&A with the presenters.

    Download and watch today!

  • 2017 IBM i Marketplace Revealed

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    IBM i is one of technology’s best-kept secrets, with little information available about what IBM i users are doing on this server. Even companies that use this technology struggle to explain to their own teams what IBM i stands for and who else is using it.
    The IBM i Marketplace Survey—now in its 3rd year—was designed to solve this problem. Watch this on-demand webinar for the exclusive results of the 2017 survey. IBM i Champion Tom Huntington is joined by a panel of technology experts to discuss year-over-year trends and new insights. The panel will discuss:

    • What other platforms do you run alongside IBM i?
    • What programming and Open Source languages are you using?
    • What are your top IT issues?
    • What version of POWER and what OS level is most prevalent?
    • Are you expanding your usage of IBM i?
    • Is IBM i a good ROI?

    The expert panel will provide industry insight and comments about the results. When the webinar concludes, you’ll get access to the full results.

  • Accelerating Programmer Productivity with Sequel

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    Most business intelligence tools are just that: tools, a means to an end but not an accelerator. Yours could even be slowing you down. But what if your BI tool didn't just give you a platform for query-writing but also improved programmer productivity?
    Watch the recorded webinar to see how Sequel:

    • Makes creating complex results simple
    • Eliminates barriers to data sources
    • Increases flexibility with data usage and distribution

    Accelerated productivity makes everyone happy, from programmer to business user.

  • Business Intelligence is Changing: Make Your Game Plan

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    Everyone wants a piece of your business data. But keeping up with data access requests in the era of constantly growing data is a challenge. As a result, your IT department can be overwhelmed, inundated, and constantly needing to play catch-up.
    It’s time to develop a strategy that will help you meet your informational challenges head-on. Watch the webinar to learn how to set your IT department up for business intelligence success in 2018.
    You’ll learn how the right data access tool will help you:

    • Access IBM i data faster
    • Deliver useful information to executives and business users
    • Empower users with secure data access

    Ready to make your game plan and finally keep up with your data access requests?

  • Controlling Insider Threats on IBM i

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    Let’s face facts: servers don’t hack other servers. Despite the avalanche of regulations, news headlines remain chock full of stories about data breaches, all initiated by insiders or intruders masquerading as insiders.
    User profiles are often duplicated or restored and are rarely reviewed for the appropriateness of their current configuration. This increases the risk of the profile being able to access data without the intended authority or having privileges that should be reserved for administrators.
    Watch noted security expert Robin Tatam as he discusses a new approach for onboarding new users on IBM i and best-practices techniques for managing and monitoring activities after they sign on.

  • Don't Just Settle for Query/400...

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    There’s a better way to run your queries. With an advanced query tool like Sequel Data Access, you can deliver the IBM i data your organization needs quickly and efficiently—without the hang-ups.
    In this session, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access and distribution trends, and help you understand what to look for in a more advanced query tool.
    Plus, you’ll learn how a tool like Sequel lightens IT’s load by:

    • Accessing real-time data, so you can make real-time decisions
    • Providing run-time prompts, so users can help themselves
    • Delivering instant results in Microsoft Excel and PDF, without the wait
    • Automating the query process with on-demand data, dashboards, and scheduled jobs
    • Watch the webinar and learn why you shouldn’t just settle for Query/400.

     

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

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    What happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    Capturing documents means scanning and filing—which takes you away from tasks that actually matter to the business. Managing documents means sorting through an endless sea of shared folders or filing cabinets—and sometimes documents can’t be found. Distributing documents means following a frustrating, manual process for routing documents internally and sending them to vendors and customers.
    You don’t need to stick with status quo anymore.
    Watch the webinar to learn how to put effective document management into practice and:

    • Capture documents faster, instead of wasting everyone’s time
    • Manage documents easily, so you can always find them
    • Distribute documents automatically, and move on to the next task

     

  • Lessons Learned from the AS/400 Breach

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    Get actionable info to avoid becoming the next cyberattack victim.
    In “Data breach digest—Scenarios from the field,” Verizon documented an AS/400 security breach. Whether you call it AS/400, iSeries, or IBM i, you now have proof that the system has been breached.
    Watch IBM i security expert Robin Tatam give an insightful discussion of the issues surrounding this specific scenario.
    Robin will also draw on his extensive cybersecurity experience to discuss policies, processes, and configuration details that you can implement to help reduce the risk of your system being the next victim of an attack.

  • Monitor VIOS (and AIX) from Your IBM i

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    Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) runs on AIX and allows you to share input/output resources across logical partitions. The health of your VIOS server is critical to the performance of all your Power server partitions, so monitoring it is a must.
    Our 2017 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results uncovered a cool trend: an increasing number of IBM i shops are running AIX instances alongside IBM i on Power Systems servers. We like to see these systems playing nicely together on the same server, though it does shine a spotlight on shared resources.
    During this 30-minute recording, our experts demonstrate the new VIOS and AIX monitoring capabilities in Robot Monitor. You’ll learn about:

    • The top AIX metrics that impact VIOS
    • Real-time monitoring with dashboard displays
    • Threshold and notification options
    • Identifying trends to better allocate resources

    With VIOS/AIX running alongside IBM i, you need visibility into your entire Power environment.
    Watch now to see how Robot Monitor can get you there!

     

     

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

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    You’re responsible for looking after Windows, Linux, AIX, and VIOS, but you worry that you don’t understand their complexities well enough to make your job effective—or easy.
    No problem! Simplify the management of multiple operating systems and applications without becoming experts in each area.
    In this 30-minute recorded webinar, our experts demonstrate how you can:

    • Manage multiple platforms from a central location
    • View monitoring results in a single pane of glass on your desktop or mobile device
    • Take advantage of best practice, plug-and-play monitoring templates
    • Create rules to automate daily checks across your entire infrastructure
    • Receive notification if something is wrong or about to go wrong

    This presentation includes a live demo of Network Server Suite and shows how easy monitoring multiple operating systems and applications can be using point-and-click technology.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

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    When IBM i disk space pulls its notorious disappearing act, you don’t have time to waste figuring out how the trick is done. You need to know when disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer.
    Looking behind the curtain to keep a close eye on disk space—especially in a multi-partition environment—can have its challenges, but every good admin can have an ace up their sleeve. Our experts will show you how Robot Monitor can help you pinpoint exactly when your auxiliary storage starts to disappear and why, so you can start taking a proactive approach to disk monitoring and analysis. You’ll also get insight into:

    • The main sources of disk consumption
    • How to monitor temporary storage and QTEMP objects in real time
    • How to monitor objects and libraries in real time and near-real time
    • How to track long-term disk trends

    Start seeing through the sleight of hand and get instant visibility into disk usage. Add advance warning of potential threats and—abracadabra!—you’ll reduce the risk of disk space depletion and curb the sudden flurry of activity to clean things up.

     

  • Stop Re-keying Data Between IBM I and Other Applications

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    Still following manual processes for extracting and transferring data across platforms? You’re not alone. Many business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation. And that leads to a lot of manual effort.
    Wouldn’t it be nice if you could stop re-keying data between IBM i and other applications? Or if you could stop replicating data and start processing orders faster? Or what if you could automatically extract data from existing reports instead of re-keying?
    It’s all possible. Watch this webinar to learn about:

    • The data dilemma
    • 3 ways to stop re-keying data
    • Data automation in practice

    Plus, you’ll see a demonstration of how data automation software from HelpSystems will help you finally stop re-keying data.

     

  • Survey Results: 2018 Top Cybersecurity Risks and Mitigation Strategies

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    Protecting your organization from cyberthreats has never been more important—or more difficult.
    IT pros have many tactics to choose from, but time (and budgets!) are not unlimited. The key is prioritizing risks and identifying the most effective ways to mitigate the danger.
    In 2018, HelpSystems surveyed more than 600 IT and cybersecurity professionals to find out what security exploits loom largest and what strategies they’re turning to for protection.
    In this on-demand webinar, our team of cybersecurity security experts analyzes results. You’ll learn about:

    • Security strategies your peers are most interested in implementing
    • How managers and executives prioritize security
    • Who is responsible for cybersecurity at organizations around the world
    • Where IT pros turn for assistance with security

    You'll also get practical tips for using this data to drive cybersecurity conversations at your organization.

     

  • The Top Five RPG Open Access Myths....BUSTED!

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    When it comes to IBM® Rational® Open Access: RPG Edition (also known as RPG Open Access), there are still many misconceptions - especially where application modernization is concerned!

    In this Webinar, we'll address some of the biggest myths about RPG Open Access, including:

    • Modernizing with RPG OA requires significant changes to the source code
    • The RPG language is outdated and impractical for modernizing applications
    • Modernizing with RPG OA is the equivalent to "screen scraping"

    This Webinar features IBM i expert Alison Butterill, and Profound Logic’s Brian May and Alex Roytman.

     

    Watch the On-demand Webinar Now!

  • Time to Remove the Paper from Your Desk and Become More Efficient

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    Do your users keep paperwork on their desk until it's processed?
    Are people constantly removing documents from filing cabinets?
    What happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Too much paper is wasted—approximately 1,000 pages per month per worker.
    Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets drive your employees crazy.
    And distributing documents to customers, vendors, and business partners is expensive and takes up far too much time.
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