z/OS Is the Rock, but Why? Let Us Count the Ways
Project and Program: Enterprise-wide
, Open Source on Z
, SHARE Fort Worth 2020
Often praised as the most securable commercial operating system, z/OS has benefited from over 50 years of continuous investment by IBM, the z/OS user and vendor communities resulting in a vast array of system controls that form its core strengths of Integrity and Security.
This presentation will widen your understanding of why z/OS is the Rock! In it we will "Count", amongst others, such topics as - a desired Management Structure, z/OS Initialization, Authorized Program Facility (APF), System Access Facility (SAF), Accessor Environment Element (ACEE), External Security Manager (ESM), Communication Server (CS), Policy Management Agent (PAGENT), zEncryption Ready Technology (zERT) and the Network Management Interface (NMI).
These legacy controls, often disbursed throughout the z/OS organization in order to meet compliance standards that mandate "Separation of Duty", result in "Silos of control and interest" built by trusted professionals, who often lack a needed global perspective. Shedding new light on these Silos will help to eliminate confusion between these complementary, sometimes competing groups, and those who stand to benefit most: Management.
By focusing on their collective merits, we can build an understanding that will increase the overall return on IT investment and strengthen the operational effectiveness of host integrity, security, and network defenses:
those things which make z/OS the Rock!-Paul Robichaux-NewEra Software, Inc.
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