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Originally offered as a free PRPQ, the Security Toolkit has now been integrated into OS/400 to provide powerful administrative capabilities as well as a full-featured security reporting facility. With these tools, you can maximize native OS/400 security and use AS/400 security functions more effectively.

The AS/400 and its predecessor, the S/38, have a well-deserved reputation for having extremely potent integrated system security. In the S/38 days, much of the power of the security features was the result of the proprietary, closed nature of CPF, the operating system. As the AS/400 has moved to an open, standards-based architecture, the old proprietary safeguards have become less effective in preventing unauthorized system access. Administrators are constantly facing new security challenges as new doorways open into the previously closed world of the AS/400. In this article, I discuss some of the major challenges facing AS/400 security administrators today and give you an overview of the tools used to thwart system misuse. Then, I show you how to use the AS/400 Security Tools to keep track of possible security breaches and how to minimize your exposure to unauthorized system access.

Walls Around the Castle

Computer security is a convoluted subject. The goal of computer security is to protect the data that resides on the computer, utilizing both physical and software walls. We must first build physical walls around the actual device to protect the data from external access and damage by natural causes. While these physical walls are needed to keep our data intact, the internal software walls we erect around our data to protect sensitive information from unauthorized access are even more important. A well-run installation

should be able to recover from hardware failures or even a natural disaster, but allowing vital data to be accessed unnoticed by an interloper who finds a way into your system can be far more dangerous to the health of a business than an obvious physical problem with the machine. Unfortunately, walls not only keep criminals at bay but also can inadvertently keep authorized individuals from accessing the data they need to do their jobs. As the role of business computing has changed from a centralized operation to a distributed network, the task of the security administrator has changed from building walls to building specialized bridges that only authorized individuals can access (see the sidebar “Version 4 Adds New Security Features to the AS/400”). The castle still needs to be protected, but more people need access to it from different routes than ever before.

Many protective layers must be erected to secure a computer. These layers can be broken into two general categories: internal and external controls. Internal security control involves a number of layers:

• Physical security, including actual access to the computer room
• High-level controls based on system values, including system security level (see “Password System Security Values Demystified,” in this issue of MC)

• Access control and identification controls, including passwords and user/group profiles
• Security auditing to uncover any possible security breaches Now that the AS/400 is being used in the modern networked world, external security layers have been added to OS/400’s internal controls:

• Exit programs to control client/access security
• Secure Web-serving capabilities, including encryption and firewalls
• New security APIs to help tighten the doorways into the AS/400 Both internal and external security controls are important to keep the walls around your data from being breached. In the rest of this article, I’ll show you how to use the IBM AS/400 Security Tools to make sure no cracks develop in the security walls you have erected to protect your data. I am at V4R2, so I’m using the integrated OS/400 toolkit, but if you have the toolkit installed in a lower release as a PRPQ, most of the features I describe should work in the same manner. To find information specific to your release level, check out the online IBM security manuals at http://as400bks. rochester.ibm.com/ bookmgr/home.htm.

Getting Ready to Use the Toolkit

The following guidelines as well as a detailed description of all Security Tools commands can be found in the Tips and Tools for Securing Your AS/400 Redbook that is available for a number of releases.

If you have the Security Toolkit PRPQ installed on your system and you upgrade to a new release with integrated Security Tools (V3R2 or later), you have to make a few minor changes to properly use the integrated version of the toolkit:

• Sign on with a user profile that has *ALLOBJ, *SECADM, and *JOBCTL authorities.

• Run a program to make corrections to job schedule entries to use new command names (CALL QSECFXUP).

• The PRPQ tools are located in a library called QSECLIB, and the integrated tools are located in QSYS. You may need to change any programs, job descriptions, or user profiles that reference the QSECLIB library.

• Since some security tool command names have changed, you’ll have to change any programs or commands that use the old names.

• The PRPQ tools use a print file called QPRPTFIL, but the integrated tools use QSYSPRT, so you will have to change any commands or programs using the old print file.

If you do not have the Security Tools PRPQ installed, you don’t have to do anything except install OS/400 to prepare the integrated Security Tools for use. However, you should follow a few simple rules to keep the security tools themselves secure. All security tool objects and the files they create (usually in the QUSRSYS library) are shipped with the public authority of *EXCLUDE. I suggest leaving the security tools authorities at the default settings. I also suggest running the tools only when signed on as Security Officer. To avoid unauthorized access to printed reports, reroute the reports to a secure output queue. If you follow these simple guidelines, you will have a powerful and secure group of tools to help manage your system.

As usual, you should make sure you use the Save System (SAVSYS) command to back up all system programs, including the security tool programs in QSYS. Also, make sure QUSRSYS is on the backup schedule, because it contains many system objects, including the security tool files.

Protecting the Castle Walls

Two menus are included with the Security Tools: the Security Tools (SECTOOLS) menu for running commands interactively and the Security Batch (SECBATCH) menu for running report programs in batch. Figure 1 shows the first page of the four-page SECTOOLS menu (it includes 52 options), which can be reached by typing GO SECTOOLS on any command line and pressing Enter. The menu is separated into several parts:

• The first section is designed to help manage user profiles.
• The second section allows you to work with security auditing.
• The third section deals with security reporting.
• The final section allows you to set up general system security parameters. Since one of the most useful functions of this menu is management of user profiles, it’s important to understand how user profiles work and how their authorities affect system security. User profiles (*USRPRF-type objects) provide one of the most important layers of OS/400 security. To get a basic understanding of user profiles and their intricate relationship to system security, see “Fundamentals of Security” in this issue of MC.

Keeping Users Honest

The first option on the Security Tools menu, Analyze default passwords (ANZDFTPWD), prints a report of all user profiles that have a password that matches the user profile name (see “Are Your AS/400 Passwords Really Secure?” in this issue for a discussion of password protection). This is an extremely important command only because IBM decided to make the default password the same as the user profile name when creating a new user profile. Although I suggest never allowing the password to default to the user profile name, it’s not uncommon for new or naïve operators to allow the Create User Profile (CRTUSRPRF) command to use the default password name. It is easy to use this technique to create new user profiles and then allow the user to change the password to a unique name, but it’s also important to find out if the user forgot to change the password; if a user doesn’t change his password, any enterprising hacker can easily find a user profile to sign on with. The ANZDFTPWD command allows you to take immediate action if it encounters any passwords that match user profiles:

• *DISABLE will disable the user profile, placing the *DISABLE keyword in the profile’s status field.

• *PWDEXP will set the password expired field in the user profile to *YES.
• *NONE will merely produce the report for you to peruse without taking immediate action.

You should run ANZDFTPWD regularly if there’s even a remote chance that a password might match the user profile name. One way around this problem is to set the password to EXPIRED(*YES) when creating the new profile. The user will then be forced to change the password on the first sign-on. Even though this technique should prevent this problem, I still recommend running the ANZDFTPWD report on a regular basis.

Options 2, 3, and 4 on the Security Tools menu work in tandem with each other to determine your strategy for dealing with inactive user profiles. If user profiles are not used for a long time, they probably either belong to an employee who has left the company or were created for a specific purpose and then forgotten about. In either case, they should be disabled to prevent unauthorized entry to your system.

The first step in the process of cleaning up old user profiles is to run the Analyze Profile Activity (ANZPRFACT) command by choosing option 4 from the menu. This command is similar to the QPWDEXPITV system value, which forces a user to change his password after a specified number of days, but this command works dynamically. It displays a screen in which you enter one value: either *NOMAX or the number of days a user profile can remain inactive before it’s automatically disabled (any number from 1 to
366). When you run this command and specify any value except *NOMAX, any user profile that has been inactive for the specified amount of time will be immediately disabled. In addition, the system will check each user profile daily to see if it has been inactive for the specified time and will disable any profile that reaches that time limit. The system sends a message to the user running the command to indicate which user profiles, if any, have been disabled. If you specify *NOMAX on this command, user profiles will never be considered to be inactive. Although you don’t have to run this command, if you don’t, user profiles will never be automatically disabled unless they reach the QPWDEXPITV limit, which is set to *NOMAX when shipped.

The Display Active Profile List (DSPACTPRFL) command and the Change Active Profile List (CHGACTPRFL) command are accessed by selecting options 2 and 3 respectively. These commands provide a flexible method of protecting important user profiles from being disabled by the ANZPRFACT command (there are 22 AS/400 system profiles, including QSECOFR, QSYS, and QSNADS, that are never considered inactive). For instance, Figure 2 shows the Display Active Profile List (DSPACTPRFL) display containing the profiles I don’t want disabled on my system. You can use the CHGACTPRFL command to add or remove user profiles from this list. These three user profile activity commands give you the power and flexibility to closely monitor user profile activity and to take appropriate action on profiles that are not being used.

Micromanaging User Control

The rest of the user profile options on the Security Tools menu allow you to either schedule user profiles for activation during particular time periods on designated days or schedule user profiles for expiration on a certain date. These options allow you to micromanage user profiles that should be active for designated time periods only:

• Option 5 controls the Display Activation Schedule (DSPACTSCD) command.
• Option 6 controls the Change Activation Schedule Entry (CHGACTSCDE) command, which allows you to add user profile activation schedules, as shown in Figure
3.

• Option 7 controls the Display Expiration Schedule (DSPEXPSCD) command, which displays the current expiration schedule.

• Option 8 controls the Change Expiration Schedule Entry (CHGEXPSCDE) command, which allows you to add user profiles to the expiration schedule, as shown in Figure 4. Notice that the CHGEXPSCDE command allows you to either delete a user profile or merely disable it (in case you might need it in the future).

These four commands give you the flexibility to control exactly when a user can access your system. For instance, if you need to let a consultant use your system for a short time, you can create a user profile that grants him just the authority needed to complete the job and create an activation schedule that allows him to use the system only during your normal business hours. Once you know when the consultant will finish the job, merely add his user profile to the expiration schedule to ensure that it will not remain on your system any longer than necessary. Using the activation and expiration schedules is a good way to avoid security holes caused by high employee turnover or the common technique of using consultants instead of full-time employees.

Use Security Auditing to Track Changes

Security auditing is an important aspect of keeping track of overall system security. Although I’m not going to discuss this issue in detail, I think every shop should be using the AS/400 security auditing feature, since it’s provided as a part of OS/400 at no charge, and it is essential to tracking detailed changes in system security.

Options 10 and 11 on the Security Tools menu allow you an easy way to display and change the system values Audit Control (QAUDCTL) and Audit Level (QAUDLVL) and also allow you to assign the initial journal receiver that will hold the security journal entries (Figure 5). You can set the two system values to audit only a few sensitive actions, such as object deletion and security functions, or you can audit almost every action that occurs on the system. If you’re not using a third-party auditing application, I suggest using the OS/400 auditing feature to keep a handle on at least the most important system events. Although security auditing does use some precious DASD, using this tool properly should help you track down any possible weaknesses in your overall security strategy.

Use Security Reporting Sparingly but Effectively

The AS/400 Security Tools menu offers 20 security reports included with this feature, but they can be run only interactively from the Security Tools menu. Each report is produced by an OS/400 command, and Option 20 provides a direct link to the SECBATCH menu shown in Figure 6 (you can also get there with the GO command), where you run the same reports in batch or schedule them to run periodically with the Add Job Schedule Entry (ADDJOBSCDE) command. These security reports will help you keep track of some of your most important security exposures.

Figure 7 shows a table of all Security Tools reports. The following are some of the most important report commands:

• The Print Adopting Objects (PRTADPOBJ) command prints a report showing objects that adopt authorities.

• The Display Audit Journal Entries (DSPAUDJRNE) command prints a report of designated audit entry types for selected user profiles.

• The Print Communications Security (PRTCMNSEC) command reports on the security of your communication configuration.

• The Print System Security Attributes (PRTSYSSECA) and Print Subsystem Description (PRTSBSDAUT) commands keep track of overall system security.

Other reports keep track of commands, documents, files, folders, libraries, objects, job descriptions, and user profiles.

Since the Security Tools include 20 reports that can be requested using a variety options and parameters, it’s important to use the reports conservatively, drilling down into problem areas without overburdening yourself with reams of paper.

Designing a Realistic but Effective Security Strategy

As I have mentioned, designing an overall system security strategy is a balancing act. You want to keep your system as secure as possible, but you also need to give users the authority they need to do their jobs efficiently. Every manager has to make decisions as far-reaching as setting the QSECURITY system value and as mundane as deciding how much authority to give a new data entry operator. The Security Tools menu contains three commands that can assist an administrator in quickly setting up an overall security strategy: The Configure System Security (CFGSYS-SEC) command (option 50) sets security-relevant system values to the IBM-recommended values, sets up security auditing, and sets some important IBM-supplied passwords to *NONE.

The Revoke Public Authority (RVKPUBAUT) command (option 51) sets public authority to security-related commands to *EXCLUDE, removing any chance that a user could accidentally change important security values.

The Check Object Integrity (CHKOBJ-ITG) command (option 52) check objects owned by a specified user profile for integrity violations and logs any objects that have been altered to a file that can be queried.

Using these three commands, you can quickly set your system to IBM’s recommended security levels. If you want to use different values than those suggested by IBM (the IBM-recommended values are listed in chapter 12 of Tips and Tools for Securing Your AS/400), you can retrieve and change the CL source used by these programs, inserting the values you desire.

The tools and reports that are included in the AS/400 Security Tools give you the power and flexibility to keep your system secure. It’s important to keep up with the constantly changing security needs as more doors are added to your system in this online, networked world. Intelligent use of the AS/400 Security Tools can help you design a well- balanced security strategy that will allow workers easy access to needed information while keeping the castle safe from marauders.

References

An Implementation Guide for AS/400 Security and Auditing, Redbook (GG24- 4200-00, CD-ROM GG244200)

Security—Basic V4R1 (SC41-5301-00, CD-ROM QB3ALB00) Security—Reference V4R1 (SC41-5302-00, CD-ROM QB3ALC00) Tips and Tools for Securing Your AS/400 V4R2, Redbook (SC41-5300-00)

Version 4 Adds New Security Features to the AS/400

Although the AS/400 certainly wasn’t originally designed with e-commerce in mind, IBM has inexorably moved this versatile machine in that direction. The company obviously saw a good match in the rapidly growing Internet and its premier midrange computer. Big Blue began directing the AS/400 toward e-commerce when it included an HTML (HTTP) server in V3R2 and V3R7. That enhancement, while not secure, set the stage for the Version 4 enhancements that included all the native tools (although not all free) that the AS/400 needs to become a full-fledged e-commerce server:

• Native support for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), an industry-standard encryption standard

• The IBM Firewall for the AS/400 (although not required for secure network computing, I suggest one)
• A secure Web server
• Integrated Java support
• Net.Commerce functionality
• Improved TCP/IP support

The AS/400 has finally come of e-age! The Strategy Designing an Internet security strategy usually involves a combination of tools:
• Firewalls
• Encryption
• Authentication methods
• Antivirus software
• Intrusion detection tools

Since V4R1, a simple yet effective integrated native firewall has been available for the AS/400. It includes all of the technologies needed to keep your system secure:

• Packet filtering software to limit TCP/IP traffic
• Proxy and SOCKS servers to break TCP/IP connections
• Domain Name System (DNS) to hide address information
• Encrypted tunnels to provide secure communications outside firewalls

The IBM Firewall for AS/400 consists of software executing on an AS/400 Integrated PC Server (IPCS). One port is connected to the secure corporate network, and the other port is connected to the Internet. All communication between the corporate network and the Internet must pass through the firewall. The IBM Firewall for the AS/400 requires a RISC model, a dedicated IPCS with two communication ports, the IBM TCP/IP Connectivity Utilities for AS/400, and Integration Services for FSIOP. Since the IPCS is a separate dedicated processor, security functions are isolated from all business processes, ensuring maximum security with minimum performance degradation. Firewalls provide excellent protection from outside intrusion, but they still can’t stop the janitor from stealing information. Nor can they protect your data once it is out of your secure network and on the Internet. Keeping the Secret Once data is transmitted over the Internet, the only way to protect it is with some form of data encryption. There are many valid encryption schemes, all involving some sort of mathematical formula. The basic concepts are fairly simple to grasp. All messages (data) start out as plain text or clear text, which is simply regular written language. The encryption process involves translating (encrypting) this plain text to cipher text to hide the original meaning. Finally, cipher text is decrypted back to plain text so the recipient can read the data.

Previous to V4R1, the only encryption options open to the AS/400 were third-party solutions. Now, an AS/400 running V4R1 or 2, IBM TCP/IP Connectivity Utilities for the AS/400, and Internet Connection Secure Server can use the industry standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol to provide data encryption. SSL is a very secure method of encryption that combines public-key and symmetric-key cryptography to provide an efficient means of safe data communication.

Though the AS/400 is inherently secure, IBM offers many security products for the AS/400 through its SecureWay product family. The Common Cryptographic Architecture Services/400 (CCAS/400) PRPQ provides the AS/400 manager with the support necessary to use the IBM 4755 Cryptographic Adapter Card, which provides DES, RSA, and support for other encryption algorithms. It provides for encryption, decryption, key management, and Personal Identification Number (PIN) processing. This is a relatively new offering that is designed to support a common set of interfaces known as the Transaction Security System (TSS). The 4755 Cryptographic Adapter uses the Common Cryptographic Architecture (CCA) to support

interoperability across multiple workstation and host environments, including DOS, OS/2, and AIX. CCAS/400 also supports the IBM Personal Security card and other security interfaces. SSL and the new security features of V4R1 will eventually supercede this facility, but it will take time for most customers to complete the upgrade process. For more information on the IBM security product line, visit the security Web site for IBM: http://www.ibm.com/security. —DG


Figure 1: Security Tools menu





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Figure 2: Display Active Profile list


 Figure 3: Change Activation Schedule Entry


 Figure 4: Change Expiration Schedule Entry





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Figure 5: Change security auditing


 Figure 6: Security Tools batch menu



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    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).
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  • 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.