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Despite the i5/OS operating system protections and reliability, enterprises using it crave more security. More than 50 products profiled below are successfully competing for System i user dollars.

 

Ah, security. In the post-9/11 world, is there anything so universally sought with so little agreement on how to reach the goal? Or perhaps it's more correct to say, with so little agreement on what the goal really is? In computing--no less than in real life--the very idea of security has come to be an overriding concern even as the concept of what it constitutes becomes more and more diffuse.

 

The concept of security today encompasses such diverse functions as encrypting data for transmission between systems, protecting data from unauthorized viewing, controlling user access and privileges on a system, analyzing and auditing the current state of a server's security, and protecting a system from viruses and other malware.

 

Many products offer some form of security protection for iSeries/System i/IBM i servers, though each one offers its unique set of features. These products offer security help in a variety of ways, ranging from solutions that focus on singular concerns (such as protecting abuse of unattended workstations) to suites that offer the entire spectrum of security analysis, protection, and compliance auditing for Sarbanes-Oxley and the whole alphabet soup of laws and regulations designed to protect an enterprise's information assets. Generally speaking, because so many of the products' functions overlap, it's difficult to come up with a categorization scheme with which to break all the offerings down into sharply delineated subgroups of the security function pie, so all are presented here as one group.

 

Below is a quick summary of the major players and software products available in System i security software. Because of the sheer number of products, this article covers only software (there are a myriad of hardware products for protecting systems and networks to which System i machines may be connected) and focuses only on solutions for the System i OS. These descriptions also only cover products from the original companies producing them. For example, a number of additional companies resell some of the solutions named below, but those resellers aren't listed because they are not the product originators. Similarly, some security products offered by some vendors aren't listed because they are actually offered in cooperation with another vendor's product that is listed independently. An example is PowerTech Group's Encryption product, which although it has its own name in PowerTech's product list, is actually Patrick Townsend Security's AES Encryption product being offered under a cooperative agreement between the two companies.

 

Each product includes the vendor name, the product name, a link to more information about each product, and a brief description. These descriptions are in no way complete information about the products; they are just summaries of major features to help you decide where to focus your own research efforts first.

 

Applied Logic Corporation

Pro/Encrypt

www.alcsoftware.com/pro-encrypt/information.php

Pro/Encrypt uses encryption algorithms to protect System i data for secure backup and storage, file transfer, or physical transport. The function can run interactively or in batch, can use up to 256-bit encryption, can encrypt single files or whole libraries, and uses a symmetric key or pass phrase for decryption.

 

AS/SURE Software

iSecure

www.as-sure.com/IsFeatureList.html

iSecure is a utility that provides end users with self-service user-profile and password-reset services, letting them bypass help desks with these common requests. Users can review password change rules and establish challenge questions to establish their identities. The product lets QSECOFR determine what functions users may access, logs all actions for later review, and provides an administrator-only menu.

 

Bsafe Information Systems, Ltd.

Bsafe /Enterprise Security

www.bsafesolutions.com/bsafe_enterprise_security.html

Bsafe/Enterprise Security is a suite of products that helps administrators control access to applications, data, and ports; manages user profiles and object authorizations; audits system, application, file, and SQL statement use; and generates online reports of security definitions, sensitive authorities, system values, and other security attributes.

 

Bsafe Policy Compliance Manager

www.bsafesolutions.com/policy_compliance.html

Bsafe Policy Compliance Manager helps administrators create, document, and maintain security policies for an organization by creating templates embodying goals and then automatically comparing them to actual system conditions.

 

BSafe Security Assessment

www.bsafesolutions.com/bsaferisk.html

Security Assessment carries out automated penetration attacks on System i servers and generates analysis reports on weaknesses, currently defined security policies, and deviations from recommended system values. It also details application server protections and maps system ports and their activities.

 

BSafe Sensitive Field Masking

www.bsafesolutions.com/field_masking.html

Field Masking restricts access and display of fields the administrator defines as sensitive but without requiring any changes to applications that must use the data. Masked files reside in a special library but are automatically synchronized with the original files.

 

Bugbusters Software Engineering, Inc.

A la Carte Menu and Security System (ALC)

www.bugbusters.net/alc.htm

ALC lets administrators control access to applications and objects via a menu system based on i5/OS user and group profiles, *PUBLIC authorities, and authorization lists.

 

Busch & Partner

PCSACC/400

www.pcsacc400.com

PCSACC400 is a database access-control application that limits potential damage PC users can do to System i data when using menu-based application controls. It provides a range of object-level security protections based on its own subset of i5/OS authorities, monitors SQL query use, and provides user interfaces in either English or German.

 

Bytware, Inc.

StandGuard Anti-Virus

www.bytware.com/media/brochures/sgav_brochure_set.pdf

StandGuard Anti-Virus uses a McAfee engine to find and destroy computer viruses that may have taken up residence on a System i. The product offers automatic updates of virus examples and both green-screen and GUI interfaces. It also lets users manage multiple machines from a single console.

                         

StandGuard Network Security

www.bytware.com/media/brochures/sgns_brochure.pdf

StandGuard Network Security provides network access control for System i environments. It protects all exit points, secures more than 120 server functions, and supports both public and private authorities.

 

Califon Systems, Inc.

Califon Systems Audit Module

www.califon-systems.com/audit.htm

Califon's Audit module logs changes to non-database system objects, such as those generated by program recompilation or changes to system values.

 

Califon Systems Password Synchronization

www.califon-systems.com/passwordsync.htm

Password Synchronization software lets users have a single password for multiple System i machines.

 

Califon Systems Security Module

www.califon-systems.com/security.htm

The Security Module protects System i data from unauthorized access by any client machine.

 

Centerfield Technology, Inc.

insure/SECURITY

www.centerfieldtechnology.com/tools/insuresecurity.asp

Insure/SECURITY helps security officers protect application data from unauthorized access and changes without requiring modification of enterprise applications. Officers can apply rules at the *PUBLIC or group level, set different rules for different times of the day, and restrict or lock down access methods such as FTP.

 

Cilasoft

CONTROLER

www.cilasoft.com/qjrn400/en/controler/fonctions.asp

CONTROLER secures the System i from security problems involving use of Client Access, FTP, ODBC, or Telnet access to server data. It lets system managers define the commands remote users can access and limits their use in specific ways. It also audits use of SQL and other query engines.

 

CXL, Ltd.

AZScan

www.cxlsecure.com

AZScan is a PC-based program that can analyze midrange system security, including System i machines running i5/OS, AIX, and Linux. It performs 53 tests and doesn't require users to load any software on the System i.

 

GFM Consulting, Inc.

GFM Security Evaluator

www.gfmconsulting.com

The GFM Security Evaluator lets auditors and managers independently evaluate System i security without having to use the i5/OS Security Officer user profile. The menu-driven utility analyzes user profiles and activity, libraries, passwords in use, and use of critical commands.

 

Help/Systems, Inc.

Robot/SECURITY

www.helpsystems.com/ops/security.html

Robot/SECURITY is part of Help/Systems' Robot automated operations suite. It helps security officers protect the System i from abuse by overly powerful user profiles, monitor exit and access points to systems (e.g., FTP, ODBC), audit system security configurations, monitor QAUDJRN, research security activities, and automate security reporting.

 

HiT Software, Inc.

SafeConduct

www.hitsw.com/products_services/data_security/safeConduct.html

SafeConduct uses SSL and 256-bit data encryption to protect access to sensitive data being transmitted across a LAN, WAN, or VPN. It provides node-to-node authentication to ensure the recipient is valid, requires no changes to application code, and provides a Windows-based audit log.

 

IBM Corporation

Secure Perspective

www-03.ibm.com/systems/resources/systems_i_advantages_security_pdf_SecurePerspectiveTriFold.pdf

IBM's Secure Perspective product helps system administrators establish and monitor system-security policies for IT machines that use i5/OS, Windows, and AIX. Managers can use this Java-based tool to write policies in a natural language format rather than programmatically, implement the policies with a single click, roll back policies to a previous version if necessary, and verify enforcement via reports.

 

Identity Forge LLC

IBM i5 Advanced Adapter for IdF

www.identityforge.com/content/view/47/181/

Identity Forge (IdF) is a suite of user authorization and authentication products based on the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and Microsoft's Active Directory, which supports the System i via the IBM i5 Advanced Adapter. IdF host agents complement directory services and identity- and access-management applications, monitor system events, and generate audit records of security events.

 

Innovatum

DataThread

www.innovatum.com/dt-functionality.php

DataThread captures all changes to target databases and records them in an auditable database of its own. It lets one or multiple end users electronically sign changes to data to facilitate workflow environments, is scalable to any System i environment, and can combine data from multiple systems into a single report or GUI. It is also designed to meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration Part 11 requirements for auditability.

 

Kisco Information Systems

iFileAudit

www.kisco.com/ifa/summary.htm

The iFileAudit product logs and tracks data updates and file changes to System i objects. The product records which user profiles and programs made the change and what the changes were. It also produces audit reports that show global or selected data for each change.

 

SafeNet/400

www.kisco.com/safenet/summary.htm

SafeNet/400 guards System i servers from unauthorized access via network connections. It logs all requests, limits access to server functions based on user profiles, and gives system managers control over exit-processing for applications. It lets managers limit use of server commands and functions and restrict Internet use to enterprise-defined IP addresses. The product is available in Lite, Basic, and Advanced versions.

 

ScreenSafer/400

www.kisco.com/screensafer400/summary.htm

ScreenSafer/400 is a security tool that takes control of unattended workstations during idle time, restricting access to information and functions to the user logged on to the device.

 

Linoma Software

Crypto Complete

www.linomasoftware.com/products/crypto

Crypto Complete is a data-protection system that protects sensitive data via multiple strong encryption algorithms at the field level. It provides encryption-key management and auditing features as well.

 

NetIQ Corporation

NetIQ PSAudit

www.netiq.com/products/psa/default.asp

PSAudit reports security exposures caused by user profiles, files, objects, and system values. It monitors access to sensitive data, tracks specific user access to System i machines, and analyzes changes over time to libraries, documents, program temporary fixes (PTFs), and network and device configurations.

 

NetIQ PSDetect

www.netiq.com/products/psd/default.asp

PS Detect monitors System i servers for specific system and security events and sends alerts to the appropriate personnel. For example, it notes whether the system is running low on particular resources, such as disk space, whether someone is trying to access the system with an invalid password, or whether the auditing level of the system has been changed.

 

NetIQ Secure Configuration Manager

www.netiq.com/products/vsm/default.asp

Secure Configuration Manager audits system configurations and compares them to corporate policies, previous configurations, and other systems to help identify problems, meet compliance obligations, and enable the best allocation of security resources.

 

NetIQ Security Manager

www.netiq.com/products/sm/default.asp

Security Manager automates security activities such as activity reviews, log preservation, threat management, incident response, and auditing system changes. The product includes a built-in knowledge base, consolidates security information in a central location, and aids troubleshooting.

 

nuBridges, Inc.

nuBridges Exchange

www.nubridges.com/software-products/exchange-i/

NuBridges Exchange is a suite of products for handling secure file-transfer, connectivity, and Internet electronic data interchange (EDI) transactions for System i. It lets administrators manage file transfer scripts and activities, protect data transmissions between machines and business partners, and provides error notifications and other reports.

 

nuBridges Protect

www.nubridges.com/software-products/protect/

NuBridges Protect is an encryption product for data at rest in databases, applications, and backup storage. It features centralized key management, user choice between two data-protection methods, and complete audit logging.

 

Palace Guard Software

Secure/Audit

www.pgsas400.com/secureaudit.htm.

Secure/Audit logs all system events (e.g., file accesses and changes, print operations) and lets security officers access the data via visual displays and reports. It enables queries against the information as well.

 

Secure/Net+

www.pgsas400.com/secure_net.htm

Designed to enhance client/server security, Secure/Net+ restricts access to server functions by all users, performs a series of checks against incoming client requests for system services, and provides an audit trail of all monitored activities. The product recognizes group and *PUBLIC authorities and operates in cooperation with i5/OS security features.

 

Patrick Townsend Security Solutions

Alliance AES Encryption for System i

www.patownsend.com/productDetails.php?prodId=64

Alliances AES Encryption for System i is a system of strong encryption for databases, unstructured data, reports, and offline storage. It includes facilities for managing encryption keys, encrypting backup media and spooled files, and logging compliance activities.

 

Alliance All-Ways Secure

www.patownsend.com/productDetails.php?prodId=61

Alliance All-Ways Secure is a secure environment in which System i users can operate FTP. It automates and logs all tasks associated with exchanging database, IFS, and spooled files between a System i and remote systems. Data exchanges are encrypted using PGP, Secure FTP, or Secure Shell algorithms.

 

Alliance LogAgent for System i

http://www.patownsend.com/productDetails.php?prodId=45

Alliance LogAgent helps users meet compliance objectives by collecting logs from the System i QAUDJRN, the system operator message queue, and the QHST system history file. LogAgent can process more than 800 events per second and lets users slice and dice the resulting data in a variety of ways.

 

PowerTech Group, Inc.

Authority Broker

www.powertech.com/powertech/PowerTech_Web_AuthorityBroker.asp

Authority Broker attacks the problem of power users with special authorities who have too much power. By letting security officers reduce the number of user profiles with special authorities, enabling certain users to adopt higher authorities only in particular situations, and generating alerts if a user's authority changes, the product helps enterprises avoid excessive authority proliferation.

 

Compliance Monitor

http://www.powertech.com/powertech/PowerTech_Web_ComplianceMonitor.asp

Compliance Monitor consolidates compliance data from multiple systems and presents them in user choice of a GUI or a report document in a PDF or MS Excel format. Data presented covers all security-related events from QAUDJRN, automatically compresses the data, and requires users to review only those events that don't comply with established security policies.

 

Interact

http://www.powertech.com/powertech/PowerTech_Web_Interact.asp

Interact monitors QAUDJRN, exit programs, messages from QSYSOPR and QSYSMSG, and other system events and sends them to a system log in real time for later analysis or troubleshooting. It parses and simplifies audit journal entries so nontechnical users can read them and can filter system events by user, IP address, date, time, and other criteria.

 

Network Security

http://www.powertech.com/powertech/PowerTech_Web_NetworkSecurity.asp

Network Security monitors traffic through i5/OS exit points, which enables system managers to control data access from client machines, audit end user access to network services, and close security loopholes not handled by traditional menu-based security methods.

 

Raz-Lee Security

iSecurity

www.razlee.com/products/security/isecurity_modules_a-z.php

Raz-Lee's iSecurity is a suite of products that provide a broad spectrum of help for System i security concerns. Product modules identify security breaches and activate automated responses to them, provide antivirus protection, assess system security, and offer reporting and auditing facilities. Other modules control user authorities, track and monitor suspicious users, enable multiple-system monitoring from a central console, prevent intrusions, control password activity, mask sensitive data, and analyze system-log data.

 

Safestone

DetectIt - Security Manager

www.safestone.com/detectit-security-manager

DetectIt offers individual modules for assessing risks and system security compliance, detecting intrusions, managing and auditing activities of ordinary and power users, controlling exit-point traffic, and centralizing multisystem operations. It also includes automated password self-help for end users.

 

SkyView Partners, Inc.

SkyView Policy Minder for IBM i and i5/OS

http://www.skyviewpartners.com/pdf/Policy_Minder_Data_Sheet.pdf

Policy Minder automates security policy compliance and documents security implementation with templates. It automatically checks compliances for user profiles, objects, libraries, directories, and other system attributes and objects and then reports on discrepancies without requiring human analysis of data.

 

SkyView PolicyMinder for Real Time Add-on powered by DataThread

www.skyviewpartners.com/pmrt.php

The Real Time Add-on product uses Innovatum's DataThread product to provide real time administrator notification of security events.

 

SkyView Risk Assessor for IBM i and i5/OS

www.skyviewpartners.com/sraos400.php

Risk Assessor automates analysis of more than 100 risk points in a system to provide a risk assessment from an objective, third-party view. It generates a report that specifies compliance shortfalls.

 

SoftLanding Systems, Inc.

SoftMenu

www.softlanding.com/softmenu

SoftMenu is security product for companies that control access to applications via menu systems. SoftMenu gives administrators the ability to control access to sensitive options, standardize management of all application menus, and use application exit points to customize menu-administration tasks. It also lets managers delegate administration of application menu systems to nontechnical personnel if desired.

 

SpaceTec

Fortress/400

www.spacetec.co.uk/fortress-400-enhanced-security-system-i5-as400.htm

Fortress/400 prevents unauthorized access to data and server functions from client machines. It uses the exit program facilities of i5/OS, records activity to a separate security database, provides a GUI interface, recognizes group and *PUBLIC authorities, and records an audit trail of all remote instructions.

 

System Support Products, Inc.

Screen Manager II

www.sspi-software.com/screenmgr.html

Screen Manager II addresses the problems of signed-on workstations that are left unattended and inactive jobs that consume system resources uselessly. The product lets administrators manage inactive jobs by multiple criteria and specify actions (such as disconnection) after a specific time interval. It maintains a security log of actions for auditing.

 

Tango/04 Computing Group

Tango/04 Data Monitor

www.tango04.com/products/dm/index.php

Data Monitor watches for security breaches affecting data via real time auditing and logging of read, insert, update, and delete transactions carried out against DB2/UDB databases. Features include masking of sensitive fields, custom selection of fields for auditing, and the ability to incorporate data from old journal receivers.

 

VISUAL Security Suite (VSS)

www.tango04.com/products/vss

VSS provides real time auditing of user activity on the system and helps administrators establish and maintain control policies via wizards and analyze business effects. Available product extensions add exit-point security, monitor library and log files in realtime, and protect TCP/IP services.

 

Teamstudio

Teamstudio Security Manager

www.teamstudio.com/new/files/datasheets/Datasheet_Security_Manager.pdf

Teamstudio Security Manager supports Lotus Notes/Domino environments on the System i to provide automated access control list management for end users. It also provides managers with an enterprise-wide view of security settings that can be parsed in more than 70 ways (e.g., by application, username, access level, server) and generates detailed reports and audit trails.

 

Valid Technologies

Valid Secure System Authentication (VSSA)

www.validtech.com

VSSA is a biometric user-authentication system that uses USB-attached sensor peripherals to validate user identities based on their fingerprints. Users undergo an enrollment process that creates a unique biometric template, which is encrypted so that no actual user fingerprints are stored on the system. Once enrolled, users can log on to any networked system without using passwords.

John Ghrist

John Ghrist has been a journalist, programmer, and systems manager in the computer industry since 1982. He has covered the market for IBM i servers and their predecessor platforms for more than a quarter century and has attended more than 25 COMMON conferences. A former editor-in-chief with Defense Computing and a senior editor with SystemiNEWS, John has written and edited hundreds of articles and blogs for more than a dozen print and electronic publications. He is currently CEO of John Ghrist Agency, a marketing communications firm for technology companies. You can reach him at ghrist@comcast.net.

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    • Extend your RPG applications to include Web Services and NPM packages with Node.js

     

  • 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

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIt’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. 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

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericLet’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 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...

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhile introducing Sequel Data Access, we’ll address common frustrations with Query/400, discuss major data access, distribution trends, and more advanced query tools. 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

  • How to Manage Documents the Easy Way

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWhat happens when your company depends on an outdated document management strategy?
    Everything is harder.
    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

    SB_PowerTech_WC_GenericGet 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.

  • Overwhelmed by Operating Systems?

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn 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.

     

  • Real-Time Disk Monitoring with Robot Monitor

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericYou need to know when IBM i disk space starts to disappear and where it has gone before system performance and productivity start to suffer. 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

     

     

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

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericMany business still depend on RPG for their daily business processes and report generation.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, see how HelpSystems data automation software will help you stop re-keying data.

     

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

    SB_Profound_WC_GenericWhen it comes to IBM Rational Open Access: RPG Edition, 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"

     

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

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericToo much paper is wasted. Attempts to locate documents in endless filing cabinets.And distributing documents is expensive and takes up far too much time.
    These are just three common reasons why it might be time for your company to implement a paperless document management system.
    Watch the webinar to learn more and discover how easy it can be to:

    • Capture
    • Manage
    • And distribute documents digitally

     

  • IBM i: It’s Not Just AS/400

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    IBM’s Steve Will talks AS/400, POWER9, cognitive systems, and everything in between

    Are there still companies that use AS400? Of course!

    IBM i was built on the same foundation.
    Watch this recorded webinar with IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington to gain a unique perspective on the direction of this platform, including:

    • IBM i development strategies in progress at IBM
    • Ways that Watson will shake hands with IBM i
    • Key takeaways from the AS/400 days

     

  • Ask the RDi Experts

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericWatch this recording where Jim Buck, Susan Gantner, and Charlie Guarino answered your questions, including:

    • What are the “hidden gems” in RDi that can make me more productive?
    • What makes RDi Debug better than the STRDBG green screen debugger?
    • How can RDi help me find out if I’ve tested all lines of a program?
    • What’s the best way to transition from PDM to RDi?
    • How do I convince my long-term developers to use RDi?

    This is a unique, online opportunity to hear how you can get more out of RDi.

     

  • Node.js on IBM i Webinar Series Pt. 2: Setting Up Your Development Tools

    Profound Logic Software, Inc.Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application. In Part 2, Brian May teaches you the different tooling options available for writing code, debugging, and using Git for version control. Attend this webinar to learn:

    • Different tools to develop Node.js applications on IBM i
    • Debugging Node.js
    • The basics of Git and tools to help those new to it
    • Using NodeRun.com as a pre-built development environment

     

     

  • Inside the Integrated File System (IFS)

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericDuring this webinar, you’ll learn basic tips, helpful tools, and integrated file system commands—including WRKLNK—for managing your IFS directories and Access Client Solutions (ACS). We’ll answer your most pressing IFS questions, including:

    • What is stored inside my IFS directories?
    • How do I monitor the IFS?
    • How do I replicate the IFS or back it up?
    • How do I secure the IFS?

    Understanding what the integrated file system is and how to work with it must be a critical part of your systems management plans for IBM i.

     

  • Expert Tips for IBM i Security: Beyond the Basics

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

    Don't miss this chance to take your knowledge of IBM i security beyond the basics.

     

     

  • 5 IBM i Security Quick Wins

    SB PowerTech WC GenericIn today’s threat landscape, upper management is laser-focused on cybersecurity. You need to make progress in securing your systems—and make it fast.
    There’s no shortage of actions you could take, but what tactics will actually deliver the results you need? And how can you find a security strategy that fits your budget and time constraints?
    Join top IBM i security expert Robin Tatam as he outlines the five fastest and most impactful changes you can make to strengthen IBM i security this year.
    Your system didn’t become unsecure overnight and you won’t be able to turn it around overnight either. But quick wins are possible with IBM i security, and Robin Tatam will show you how to achieve them.

  • How to Meet the Newest Encryption Requirements on IBM i

    SB PowerTech WC GenericA growing number of compliance mandates require sensitive data to be encrypted. But what kind of encryption solution will satisfy an auditor and how can you implement encryption on IBM i? Watch this on-demand webinar to find out how to meet today’s most common encryption requirements on IBM i. You’ll also learn:

    • Why disk encryption isn’t enough
    • What sets strong encryption apart from other solutions
    • Important considerations before implementing encryption

     

     

  • Security Bulletin: Malware Infection Discovered on IBM i Server!

    SB PowerTech WC GenericMalicious programs can bring entire businesses to their knees—and IBM i shops are not immune. It’s critical to grasp the true impact malware can have on IBM i and the network that connects to it. Attend this webinar to gain a thorough understanding of the relationships between:

    • Viruses, native objects, and the integrated file system (IFS)
    • Power Systems and Windows-based viruses and malware
    • PC-based anti-virus scanning versus native IBM i scanning

    There are a number of ways you can minimize your exposure to viruses. IBM i security expert Sandi Moore explains the facts, including how to ensure you're fully protected and compliant with regulations such as PCI.

     

     

  • Fight Cyber Threats with IBM i Encryption

    SB PowerTech WC GenericCyber attacks often target mission-critical servers, and those attack strategies are constantly changing. To stay on top of these threats, your cybersecurity strategies must evolve, too. In this session, IBM i security expert Robin Tatam provides a quick recap of IBM i security basics and guides you through some advanced cybersecurity techniques that can help you take data protection to the next level. Robin will cover:

    • Reducing the risk posed by special authorities
    • Establishing object-level security
    • Overseeing user actions and data access

     

     

     

  • 10 Practical IBM i Security Tips for Surviving Covid-19 and Working From Home

    SB PowerTech WC GenericNow that many organizations have moved to a work from home model, security concerns have risen.

    During this session Carol Woodbury will discuss the issues that the world is currently seeing such as increased malware attacks and then provide practical actions you can take to both monitor and protect your IBM i during this challenging time.

     

  • How to Transfer IBM i Data to Microsoft Excel

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_Generic3 easy ways to get IBM i data into Excel every time
    There’s an easy, more reliable way to import your IBM i data to Excel? It’s called Sequel. During this webinar, our data access experts demonstrate how you can simplify the process of getting data from multiple sources—including Db2 for i—into Excel. Watch to learn how to:

    • Download your IBM i data to Excel in a single step
    • Deliver data to business users in Excel via email or a scheduled job
    • Access IBM i data directly using the Excel add-in in Sequel

    Make 2020 the year you finally see your data clearly, quickly, and securely. Start by giving business users the ability to access crucial business data from IBM i the way they want it—in Microsoft Excel.

     

     

  • HA Alternatives: MIMIX Is Not Your Only Option on IBM i

    SB_HelpSystems_WC_GenericIn this recorded webinar, our experts introduce you to the new HA transition technology available with our Robot HA software. You’ll learn how to:

    • Transition your rules from MIMIX (if you’re happy with them)
    • Simplify your day-to-day activities around high availability
    • Gain back time in your work week
    • Make your CEO happy about reducing IT costs

    Don’t stick with a legacy high availability solution that makes you uncomfortable when transitioning to something better can be simple, safe, and cost-effective.

     

     

  • Node Webinar Series Pt. 1: The World of Node.js on IBM i

    SB Profound WC GenericHave you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.
    Part 1 will teach you what Node.js is, why it's a great option for IBM i shops, and how to take advantage of the ecosystem surrounding Node.
    In addition to background information, our Director of Product Development Scott Klement will demonstrate applications that take advantage of the Node Package Manager (npm).
    Watch Now.

  • The Biggest Mistakes in IBM i Security

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    Here’s the harsh reality: cybersecurity pros have to get their jobs right every single day, while an attacker only has to succeed once to do incredible damage.
    Whether that’s thousands of exposed records, millions of dollars in fines and legal fees, or diminished share value, it’s easy to judge organizations that fall victim. IBM i enjoys an enviable reputation for security, but no system is impervious to mistakes.
    Join this webinar to learn about the biggest errors made when securing a Power Systems server.
    This knowledge is critical for ensuring integrity of your application data and preventing you from becoming the next Equifax. It’s also essential for complying with all formal regulations, including SOX, PCI, GDPR, and HIPAA
    Watch Now.

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  • Backup and Recovery on IBM i: Your Strategy for the Unexpected

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates the routine tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:
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    - Easy data encryption
    - Save media management
    - Guided restoration
    - Seamless product integration
    Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits. Try the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Manage IBM i Messages by Exception with Robot

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Managing messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events?
    Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated message management
    - Tailored notifications and automatic escalation
    - System-wide control of your IBM i partitions
    - Two-way system notifications from your mobile device
    - Seamless product integration
    Try the Robot Message Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Easiest Way to Save Money? Stop Printing IBM i Reports

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing.
    Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

    - Automated report distribution
    - View online without delay
    - Browser interface to make notes
    - Custom retention capabilities
    - Seamless product integration
    Rerun another report? Never again. Try the Robot Report Management Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • Hassle-Free IBM i Operations around the Clock

    SB HelpSystems SC 5413For over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i.
    Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:
    - Automated batch, interactive, and cross-platform scheduling
    - Event-driven dependency processing
    - Centralized monitoring and reporting
    - Audit log and ready-to-use reports
    - Seamless product integration
    Scale your software, not your staff. Try the Robot Job Scheduling Solution FREE for 30 days.

  • ACO MONITOR Manages your IBM i 24/7 and Notifies You When Your IBM i Needs Assistance!

    SB DDL Systems 5429More than a paging system - ACO MONITOR is a complete systems management solution for your Power Systems running IBM i. ACO MONITOR manages your Power System 24/7, uses advanced technology (like two-way messaging) to notify on-duty support personnel, and responds to complex problems before they reach critical status.

    ACO MONITOR is proven technology and is capable of processing thousands of mission-critical events daily. The software is pre-configured, easy to install, scalable, and greatly improves data center efficiency.