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October 20, 2014 | Volume 9 Issue 18


TOP STORY: In the Wheelhouse: SSL Concerns Met With Silence
FEATURED ARTICLE: Technology Focus: The IBM i Isn't Immune to Security Problems!
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Security Access Manager for DataPower V8.0.1 Offers a Security Gateway for Web, Mobile, and Cloud
ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: Coffee with Carol: Encrypting Data with FIELDPROC No Application Changes! with Guest Presenter Patrick Townsend
MC VIDEO PORTAL: Security Admin Tasks - Examining the audit journal
MC INDUSTRY BLOGS: Security Access Manager for DataPower V8.0.1 Offers a Security Gateway for Web, Mobile, and Cloud
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Feature Article - Analysis
In the Wheelhouse: SSL Concerns Met With Silence

IBM Domino customers continue to kick and scream about security. Will there be a supported solution in the near future?

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

Author's Note: After publication of this article, IBM announced support for SHA-2 hashed SSL certificates via an upcoming Interim Fix.


Two months ago, I was literally on a 17-hour ferry ride in the North Atlantic writing a piece entitled "IBM, We Have an SSL Problem." It was one of those pieces that just came together the way musicians sometimes write complete songs in about a half hour.


Today's piece kind of fell out of me in just over an hour. It means something. It essentially wrote itself because it needed to be written.


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Feature Article - Security
Technology Focus: The IBM i Isn't Immune to Security Problems!

The IBM i server's reputation for security is well-deserved, but it's not foolproof. Complacency and short-handed IT staffs contribute to the problem.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

In a world where perfection is seldomif everfound, it's amazing how some users of IBM i servers manage to persuade themselves that their systems are "perfectly" protected from security threats. As news stories of Home Depots and Targets and other big-time vendors' data-security castles being breached become increasingly routine, in the IBM i world denial is still a thriving cottage industry: "No one would bother to try to breach our company's security; we're too small and our i is too secure."


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MC Webcast Center


Coffee with Carol: Encrypting Data with FIELDPROC No Application Changes! with Guest Presenter Patrick Townsend

Encryption without application or database changes is now possible using FIELDPROC on IBM i V7R1. Guest Presenter Patrick Townsend will discuss how organizations of all sizes are implementing FIELDPROC encryption, incl. performance impacts, and how to make sure your FIELDPROC encryption solution will pass a compliance audit. Automatic encryption with FIELDPROC is absolutely the easiest, fastest, and most secure way to encrypt data on the IBM i.

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5 Steps for Implementing Role-based Access on the IBM i. Presented by Carol Woodbury

5 Tips for Administering Security in the IFS

Affordable, Achievable Query, Reporting and Analytics

Addressing and Automating Audit Requirements for the IBM i

Auditing the IBM i

Automating IBM AIX PCI Compliance Reporting

Automating PCI Compliance Reporting on IBM i

Beyond FTP, Securing and Automating File Transfers

Coffee with Carol - Configuring IBM i (iSeries) Access servers to use SSL

Coffee with Carol: Step by Step Approach to Implementing Object Level Security

Coffee with Carol: Where do I Start with IBM i Security?

Common Configuration Mistakes and How to Correct Them

Create Amazing, Modern Apps With Profound UI

Dynamic Performance Management for the IBM i: Anticipate System Needs before Issues Happen

Get Results with NGS-IQ Business Intelligence

Getting the Most out of Your Audit Journal

IFS Security

Introducing ASNA Wings

Is Your Query Tool Limiting You?

Managing the Security of Your Data to Meet Your Business Needs

Mobile Applications for IBM i

Preparing for and Automating Audit Requirements for AIX

Programming/RPG - Advanced, Integrated RPG with Tom Snyder

Security and Compliance: What are the Issues on IBM AIX and How do they Relate to the IBM i

Security Considerations for IBM i Navigator for the Web

Simplifying IBM i Security Administration Tasks

SkyView Security Compliance Solution featuring Audit Journal Reporter.

The 12 Sections of PCI DSS and How Each Relates to the IBM i Community by Carol Woodbury

The Hidden Jewels of IBM i Security

The State of IBM i Security 2014

The Top Five RPG Open Access Myths....BUSTED!

Top 10 New Features of IBM i Security by Carol Woodbury

Top 10 Security and Compliance Considerations for Cloud Computing

Understanding the Cost of Downtime

Unleash the Power of IBM i

What's New with V6R1 Security

Why Companies Fail PCI audits


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Security Admin Tasks - Examining the audit journal

In this informative video:  Carol Woodbury, President of SkyView Partners, discusses the security administration requirement to view audit journal entries on a daily basis and how that can realistically be accomplished using SkyView's Audit Journal Reporter product.