z/OS Security and Integrity Essentials Bootcamp

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Participants will expand their knowledge of how z/OS integrity plays a critical part in the overall system and data security of their organization. The presenters will begin by providing an overview of z/OS integrity, and then lead participants through a series of lecture and demo sessions focused on the skills needed to perform their own integrity/security review including tools available, an integrity plan, common findings, remediation and the ever-increasing importance of Cryptography. This class is not only for security administrators — it is geared towards individuals that need an understanding of how security and integrity are interconnected to comply with regulations around data privacy, integrity or just getting a better audit review next time around!

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize how z/OS integrity plays a critical part in the system and data security of their organization.
  2. Define the skills needed to perform an effective integrity/security review.
  3. Discuss the importance of Cryptography and the role it plays.

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Part 1: Fundamentals of Mainframe Security and Auditing
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

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8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Introductions and Objectives
8:15 a.m.  9:00 a.m. Lecture: Mainframe Security Concepts
9:00 a.m.  9:45 a.m. Lecture: Tools Available for Auditing
9:45 a.m.  10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m.  10:45 a.m. Live Demo: Audit Tools Setup 
Part 2: Audit Planning and Execution
10:45 a.m.  11:45 a.m. Lecture: The Audit Plan
11:45 a.m.  12:45 p.m. Lunch - Open Discussion 
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12:45 p.m.  1:15 p.m. Lecture: Top Ten Issues Found with the Top 10 Penetration (PEN) Failings
1:15 p.m.  2:15 p.m. Live Demo: Using the Tools to Find the Common Issues
2:15 p.m.  2:30 p.m. Break
Part 3: Advanced Mainframe Security - Crypto
2:30 p.m.  3:45 p.m. Lecture: Encryption and Audits
3:45 p.m.  4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m.  4:45 p.m. Live Demo: Crypto Beyond the Basics
4:45 p.m.  5:30 p.m. Wrap-up and Final Comments/Questions

 Meet the Instructors


Glennon Bagsby

Sales and Sales Support, NewEra Software
Glennon Bagsby has worked with IBM mainframes since 1971. During this time, he has worked with military organizations, private companies and with software vendors. He has experience with the Base Control Program at all levels from the IBM 360 to the current level of z/OS, including subsystems such as CICS, JES2, IMS and security. He has had the opportunity to work with many of the largest companies in the US and around the world. He is currently responsible for sales and sales support for all NewEra Software customers.


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Carla Flores

Project Manager, SHARE Security and Compliance 
Carla has over 20 years of experience in mainframe security and compliance. Throughout the years Carla has delved into various aspects of the field including, security administration, systems programming, security conversions and optimization, product management and marketing; audit reviews, audit remediation, and best practice implementations. Carla is also the Project Manager for SHARE Security and Compliance.  

Eysha Shirrine Powers

Cryptographic Software Developer, IBM Corporation
Eysha Shirrine Powers has a passion for cryptography and has been designing and developing crypto software for z/OS Integrated Cryptographic Services Facility (ICSF) for more than 8 of her 13 years with IBM. Eysha Shirrine specializes in developing cryptographic software & solutions for enterprise systems and engaging with IBM z Systems crypto clients. She has expertise in cryptographic key usage and management, data encryption and decryption, signature generation and verification, key algorithms, hash methods and crypto coprocessor management. Eysha Shirrine created and maintains the IBM Crypto Education online community and regularly presents at SHARE events, IBMTechU and other industry conferences.


Mark Wilson

Technical Director, RSM Partners, Inc. 
Mark specializes in all things System z, aka mainframes. Mark has over 35 years Technical IT experience, with a broad range of skills gained in hands-on technical roles, performing a variety of duties in diverse and complex environments. Mark’s specialty subject is IT Security, in particular, z/OS, and associated subsystem (CICS, DB2, MQ, etc) security with IBM® RACF®, CA ACF2™ and CA Top Secret®

Mark has recently been awarded several best speaker awards at:

  • SHARE in the USA
  • Vanguard Security Conference in the USA
  • GSE UK Annual Conference

Mark is also an active member of the GSE community. He is currently Chairman of the GSE Large Systems Working Group and Technical Co-Coordinator of the GSE Enterprise Security working group.

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