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Jan 5 2015

2015 - The Guardians of the Mainframe Legacy

Another year has come and gone. For me, this is my 32nd anniversary in the IT field and the 21st in Security. Time has certainly flown by since punch cards, reel-to-reel tape, and thermal paper operator consoles. Physical security of locked Data Centers, IT cabinets, and closets and wired terminals are long in the past. No one envisioned the Internet of Everything and the…

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Jul 15 2014

Now Distributed People Can Stop Complaining About z/OS

Many companies have a mix of distributed platforms and mainframes (z/OS) in their environment. Most distributed users do not understand z/OS too well and don’t want to, but they still have to deal with it. This is a frustrating reality for distributed and z/OS users alike. That is until now!

We have come up with a solution for this type of problem based on customer feedback. Distributed and mainframe can now securely submit JCL jobs to z/OS by simply executing a put command from any distributed or z/OS platform.   As requested, the distributed user does not need to know anything about z/OS to do this. Your z/OS system programmer can write some reusable JCL jobs for your distributed users to use, maybe with some easy to change parameters. Then any distributed user can submit a job from any platform or client without ever logging into a z/OS…

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Jul 6 2014

The Mainframe and IDM

Identity Management Projects always result in lower costs and Streamlined Security Administration.

Where have you heard that one before?

Since the mid 1990's there has been a talent drain in the Mainframe Security Administration field.   Concerned IT Management, looking for ways of filling the void basically figured that automating User Provisioning and Credentials could fill the void. To meet the Customers needs Large Software Companies developed centralized Identity and Access management tools. In terms of the Mainframe it meant putting a common Windows GUI in front of ACF-2 Top secret and RACF for inexperienced Administrators to drag and drop ID's and…

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