Many organizations are under the impression that if they simply configure their end-user profiles to be limited capabilities (LMTCPB(*YES)) and set their initial menu to *SIGNOFF, that their end-users will be confined to a menu, can’t run commands and, therefore, are restricted in what they can access.

By DXR Security, LLC

DXR Security’s Penetration Testing for IBM i can give you peace of mind and help you determine whether your limited users truly are limited. We do that by performing “gray box” pen testing. In other words, we use information about security-relevant system values as well as the authority settings of application libraries and database files together with user profiles that represent a cross-section of end-user roles as input to our tests. Then, we’ll attempt to gain access to and perform tasks on your IBM i. Penetration Testing for IBM i is a great add-on to network penetration tests which identify open ports and unsecure protocols. DXR Security takes penetration testing to the next level by attempting to run various tasks directly on the system with the intent of determining whether limited users truly are limited. Once testing is complete, we’ll provide an easy-to-read report describing the results and provide specific recommendations for hardening security, should any vulnerabilities be identified.

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Or do you need to implement Exit Point software?

By DXR Security, LLC.

Many organizations have implemented exit point software but are wondering whether the rules they’ve implemented are working as they expect. Other organizations have purchased exit point software but have only implemented it in ‘watch mode’ and wonder about the benefits of implementing rules. Finally, some organizations are contemplating a software purchase but aren’t sure it’s worth the time and effort and need proof of the benefits prior to purchasing. Regardless of which situation you find yourself in, Penetration Testing for IBM i can help answer your question. 

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Carol investigates the use of AI and its implications on IBM i Security

By Carol Woodbury

You can’t read or listen to any business, technical, or security-related news without hearing the term “AI” (Artificial Intelligence). With Microsoft’s investment in ChatGPT causing interest to explode, warnings are in almost every security-related newsletter I subscribe to. Examples include research showing how AI is being used by non-programmers to write malware, news articles regarding concerns that students will simply use ChatGPT to write their term papers, and an IBM i user group presentation showing how you can use ChatGPT to write RPG code. I decided it was time I check it out for myself. Not being familiar with how to use ChatGPT, I watched a YouTube video to get started. Then I had to decide how to put ChatGPT to the test.

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Many organizations which believe that menu-based security is sufficient to protect their IBM i data scoff at the idea that their information is vulnerable. So why not prove it? 

By DXR Security, LLC.

Penetration Testing for IBM i will provide you with the proof that users can access information from outside of your application menus … or they can’t. Or perhaps you haven’t made this assertion but it’s coming from your application vendor. Yet you’ve seen presentations and read articles that make you uncomfortable and you’re wondering whether the assertion that menu-based security is sufficient to protect your organization’s data is true. Why not get evidence – one way or the other? 

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A popular topic these days is “Zero Trust”.   How IBM i Pen Testing intersects with zero trust is at the point of proof.

By DXR Security, LLC.

When you consider zero trust in the realm of IBM i, the first thing you think of is to implement a “deny by default” approach. Meaning that objects – especially database files – are created with *PUBLIC authority set to *EXCLUDE and only those users requiring access to the information are granted access. In addition, user profiles are configured with only the authority – especially special authorities – that are required to perform their job functions. So the question is this: How can you know this configuration is working? That’s where IBM i Pen Testing and Zero Trust meet.   With IBM i Pen Testing, you get proof to know whether the security configuration you’ve implemented is working as you intend – or whether this configuration needs improvement.

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Carol reflects on the things she’s learned in the past year.

By Carol Woodbury

When it comes to the end of a year, I like to look back and see how things have changed and what I’ve learned. This article describes the things I’ve learned about IBM i security this year—some from our clients and some from practical experience working on the system. My hope is that you’ll learn right along with me, making 2023 brighter and more IBM i systems secure.

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Carol describes the basics of IBM i security and explains how to manage IBM i security using Navigator for i.

By Carol Woodbury

If you need a refresher on IBM i security, are just starting out on this adventure, or need a tutorial on using Navigator for i to manage your security settings, this article’s for you! I realized that with new administrators and/or auditors being introduced to the system all the time, I needed to step back from my deeply technical articles and provide guidance on getting started. So here we go.

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Before we get into examples of using these technologies, I want to make sure you know how to access them as well as provide some tips for using them.

By Carol Woodbury

Editor's Note: This article is excerpted from chapter 1 of the NEW security book, Mastering IBM i Security, by Carol Woodbury.

IBM i Access Client Solutions

Access Client Solutions (ACS) is the client software IBM provides for us to access IBM

i. I am shocked when I repeatedly see IBM i shops continuing to use the ancient Client Access for Windows software. You must migrate to ACS if you haven’t already done so! It’s only a matter of time before Microsoft issues a patch that breaks the software or there’s a new security vulnerability identified that affects the product. Because IBM no longer supports it, you’ll then be scrambling to migrate your users to ACS. Do you really want to be explaining to your management why you’re running software that hasn’t been supported in literally years and are now panicking when you could have had a controlled rollout of the currently supported product? And just because you’re running ACS doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to IBM Security Bulletins. Older versions of ACS have been identified as being exposed to the log4j vulnerability. In other words, you need to stay current! OK, I’ll get down off my soapbox now and explain some features of ACS.

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