IBM Security zSecure, Version 2.2.1


zSecure™ Audit for ACF2 provides ACF2 and z/OS monitoring, Systems Management Facility (SMF) reporting, z/OS integrity checking, change tracking, and library change detection.

In zSecure Audit for ACF2, the primary processing programs are large modules that can be used in batch or interactive mode. Interactive mode is the most common, although batch mode is useful for automated periodic checks or for producing daily reports. The user interface for the interactive mode is implemented in ISPF by using the panel, skeleton, and message libraries supplied with zSecure. ISPF is the main program that is running during an interactive session. The interactive panels call the zSecure application program CKRCARLA load module as needed. Figure 1 illustrates the general flow of data. The user works through ISPF panels, which generate commands that are sent to zSecure Audit for ACF2. The results are displayed through ISPF panels.
Figure 1. Conceptual data flow
Diagram indicating general data flow for showing the role of the interactive and non-interactive product components

This general design, with separate interactive and non-interactive components, has a number of practical advantages:

zSecure Audit for ACF2 is command-driven by using the CARLa Auditing and Reporting Language (CARLa). The commands are explained in the IBM® Security zSecure CARLa Command Reference.

A typical user, using ISPF, does not need to be concerned with CARLa. The commands are generated automatically and sent to the application program. Except for the few comments here, this guide does not describe the CARLa command language, but concentrates on using the product interactively through ISPF.

The command language is generally used to generate customized reports and to use the product in batch mode. Because the standard reports are comprehensive, you might not ever need customized reports, but you can create them if necessary. Batch use is attractive as part of a security monitoring function. For example, you can use a scheduled batch job to automatically run monitoring checks and reports.

A comprehensive set of sample reports is available in a data set called the CARLa library. This library has a low-level qualifier of SCKRCARL and is often referred to with the default ddname CKRCARLA.