It’s been a busy week here at PowerTech, with the release of a powerful new security module. PowerTech Command Security is a fantastic tool in the battle against unauthorized activities by powerful users. Traditionally, authorized users are able to enter commands on system command lines, while others may even be able to run commands through unmonitored interfaces such as FTP and DDM without having command line permissions. Either way, commands typically are not policed any further. This means that a system operator could accidentally power down a production system in the middle of the day, or a programmer could delete a production file instead of the intended copy in a test library.
Command Security integrates tightly with the IBM operating system to provide additional control over command execution. You can monitor commands selectively (perhaps start with the PWRDWNSYS and CHGSYSVAL commands), including both IBM and non-IBM commands. You then are able to specify flexible conditions including time periods, user names, and even the presence of the profile on an authorization list. Actions can be initiated when these conditions are met. Available actions include overriding command parameters, sending notification of an invocation, and even preventing the command from executing.
For more information on PowerTech Command Security, mark your calendars for August 17 at 10 a.m. CT when I’ll be unveiling its functionality in a free Webinar. Look for registration information coming soon.
In “local” news, the recent Minnesota State government shutdown had the state’s CISO concerned that his IT security talent wasn’t going to want to sit around in employment limbo, especially when working in one of the most in-demand industries. Fortunately, it seems that the two-week shutdown is almost over as the two sides have finally reached a budget compromise, so hopefully his concerns were unrealized.
My photograph this week is of an exquisitely restored 1953 Pontiac Chieftain. I love to take these kinds of images for people as it’s a real challenge to try to do justice to the blood, sweat, and tears that go into their painstaking restoration and gleaming care. Most of these classics were born long before me, and I think it’ll be interesting to see if the cars of today receive the same cult following as some of these powerful behemoths of yesterday. While there are some beautiful automobiles on the road today, I have a feeling that we won’t ever hear cries of “Wow! Check out this beautiful ’06 Geo Prism!” Only time will tell.
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