RACF Introduction & Administration
5 days

This course provides RACF administrators with an introduction to RACF and guidance for administering RACF. There is a discussion of RACF concepts and functions. The presentation discusses the features and options to implement for user identification and authentication; the purpose and use of groups for organizing the RACF database and granting access. A detailed explanation of how RACF protects datasets and a wide range of other general resources is also provided. Access monitoring is described as well as the authorities and mechanisms for security administration. Attendees receive instructions, guides, and examples of the commands and utilities used in administering RACF.

GOALS

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the basic functions of RACF
  • Trace the flow of logic RACF uses in access authorization decisions
  • Execute RACF commands to administer profiles
  • Execute RACF utilities to generate administrative and audit reports
  • Examine RACF controls and identify vulnerabilities
AUDIENCE RACF Administrators, EDP Auditors, RACF Technical Support Staff

SESSION CONTENT
  • RACF concepts and terms
  • User identification and authentication controls
  • Controls over batch jobs and started tasks
  • Group concepts, structure, and controls
  • Resource protection concepts and profile design
  • DASD and tape dataset protection
  • Protection for general resources, including Programs, DB2, VTAM, JES2, and MVS commands
  • CICS resource protection implementation and review
  • RACF commands and utilities for listing and administering profiles and control options
  • Monitoring features and reporting tools
  • Access administration authorities and capabilities
  • Performance tuning options and their effect on security
  • RACF database, exits, tables, and software
  • Our RACF experts can cover any and all topics on this subject—topics can be added or deleted per Client’s needs.

Prerequisites: Operational experience with MVS, including JCL and TSO commands
WORKSTATIONS ARE NEEDED FOR THIS SESSION



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