I've just spotted this article by Mike Cairns on zSecure in April's ibmsystemsmag, thanks to Mike posting it on LinkedIn last month. It's a good summary of the more recent features of the product including RACF Offline and Access Monitor.
Last week I attended the summer meeting of the Guide Share Europe UK Region's Enterprise Security Working Group (hereafter referred to as GSEUK and ESWG!).
It was a lively meeting, for which I must admit I was largely responsible. I can get quite excited when talking about Information Security and my favourite platform, System z. :)
As well as some excellent presentations, which you can find attached to the minutes page of the GSEUK ESWG website here, two lively debates were enjoyed, one about RACF MODEL users (which developed into a discussion about implementing Role-Based Access Control or RBAC in RACF) and another about Password Entropy. If you've never heard the term, then I can recommend this primer, and suggest you have a think about your current RACF password rules.
The RACF MODEL discussion was very exciting, and deserves a blog post of its own, which will appear here in a few days. Until then, you can engage in the debate going on over at the Mainframe Security Gurus LinkedIn group here.
Finally, GSE UK has its own LinkedIn group, and it is here. We are likely to see more use of this group to provide a means of extending the excellent debate enjoyed at the meetings, into the online world such that it continues after we've gone back to work.
RACF Model users and RBAC post soon.
The big break in my blogging habit was because - as those who know me IRL (in real life) will understand - I've changed jobs and there was a heck of a lot to do when I arrived in my new post! The good news is that I am working almost exclusively on RACF and zSecure and will be able to share experiences with zSecure 1.12 and beyond, including zSecure Visual and Access Monitor, two features I've not previously played with.
Meantime, I'll be catching up by blogging some bits and pieces relating to IBM Security zSecure and RACF in the coming days.
Firstly, here is the zSecure Newsletter - Issue 1, 2011. Out in April, this includes the following topics:
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