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February 17, 2017

Issue Highlights
Lead Article - Security

Insiders Are a Threat to IBM i? No Way! Yes Way!

Carol discusses how the current thoughts on insider threats needs to be redefined and how insider threats can leave IBM i vulnerable.

I read an interesting article that discussed a study done by the Ponemon Institute on the “Cost of Insider Threats.” It piqued my interest because most of the people I talk to in the IBM I world don’t believe there’s any threat by people from inside their organization. The two reasons I hear most are “I trust our employees” and “Our employees would have no clue how to get access to the system through something like ODBC. They can barely sign on to their green-screen menu.” I decided to read the actual study to determine if there was applicability to the IBM i world.

The Study defined three types of insider threats:

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Feature Article - Programming

TechTip: C# for RPGers - Easily Removing Duplicates, Sorting, and Reversing Lists

This time around, I’ll show how to perform some operations over lists that typically require some heavy coding.

Written by Rafael Victória-Pereira

Start by opening Visual Studio and locating the IntroducingLists.sln project. I’ll be using it on this TechTip to explain some more interesting methods that can save you a lot of time. Last time around, I stopped after inserting the missing old name of the IBM i. Now let’s re-add a couple of names to see how duplicates can be easily removed with a single line of code.

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Data Breaches: Is IBM i Really at Risk?

IBM 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.

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