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RACF Administration

Maintec’s RACF Administration training is designed for anyone requiring knowledge of RACF administration principles and practices. This training will be beneficial to those who are new to RACF administration or RACF auditing.
In the training,the candidate will learn to administer the z/OS Security Server Resource Access Control Facility (RACF), introduction to the z/OS environment, Time Sharing Option (TSO), and Interactive System Productivity Facility / Program Development Facility (ISPF/PDF) and z/OS data sets.
With our hands-on lab projects candidate will be able to use basic RACF command parameters, and panels, to define users and groups, z/OS data sets, and choose a basic set of RACF options.
Our training is conducted by 7+ year experienced industry experts with strong theoretical and practical knowledge.
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    RACF Administration Training Course Details


    No previous RACF experience is required, however, delegates should be fully familiar with the z/OS environment and have an understanding of TSO/E ISPF/PDF.


    This course introduces students to the concepts, terminology, commands, and procedures involved in administering a RACF secured system. All major aspects of RACF administration are covered and these facilities will benefit the audit process. The course can be run with either online labs (if a suitable environment is available) or with paper-based labs (if online access is not available).

    After completing the course, delegates will be able to:

    – Identify the need for security in business information systems.
    – Understand how RACF meets business information systems security needs.
    – Design a group structure to meet their installation requirements.
    – Describe the various ways in which RACF commands can be issued.
    – Use the group-related commands to administer the group structure.
    – Describe the effect of the various group profile-related parameters.
    – Use the user-related commands to administer user profiles.
    – Use the various group authorities effectively.
    – Describe the effect of the various user profiles related parameters.
    – Connect users to groups and manage the assigned group authorities.
    – Use the data set-related commands to manage both discrete and generic profiles.
    – Specify the appropriate auditing parameters for data set profiles.
    – Provide users with the appropriate access to protected data sets.
    – Use the general resource commands to manage general resources.
    – Use the search command to locate specified profiles in the database.
    – Explain how RACF Remote Sharing operates and how its use can be controlled.
    – Identify how the operation of RACF changes when running in a parallel sysplex.
    – Explain how to control RACF operation in a parallel sysplex.
    – Identify how to process RACF audit records within a DB2 database.
    – Use and interpret the output of the Data Security Monitor.

    Course Description:

    -Positioning RACF with SAF and Operating System
    -Security past and present
    -Security threats and the role of RACF
    -RACF Structure: Profiles and Classes
    -Review of available documentation

    -Policy statement production
    -Identifying Resources and ownership
    -Identifying the Users
    -Relating Resources and Users
    -Converting the policy to a Plan

    -Identifying Business Groups
    -Relating Business Groups to RACF Groups
    -Associating Users with Groups
    -Group/Sub-group Hierarchy
    -Privilege Status –Special vs Group Special
    -Group Ownership and Connection

    -Entering RACF Commands
    -RACF Commands and the Manuals
    -Entering RACF Commands in Batch
    -Online Help

    -Group Profile Commands
    -Adding a Group (ADDGROUP)
    -Deleting a Group (DELGROUP)
    -Modifying an existing Group (ALTGROUP)
    -Obtaining Group information (LISTGRP)
    -Specifying the Superior Group
    -Data set Profile Modelling
    -RACF Remote Sharing Parameters
    -Additional ADDGROUP Parameters
    -Additional Group Segments
    -Required authority levels for Group Commands

    -User Profile Commands
    -Adding a User profile (ADDUSER)
    -Deleting a User profile (DELUSER)
    -Modifying an existing user Profile (ALTUSER)
    -Obtaining user information (LISTUSER)
    -Specifying the Default Group
    -Group and Class Authority
    -Group Access Authority
    -RACF Remote Sharing Parameters
    -Data set Profile Modelling
    -RACF Authorities and Attributes
    -Security Levels and Security Categories
    -Security Labels
    -Defining the CICS Segments
    -Defining the DCE Segments
    -Defining the DFP Segment
    -Defining the LANGUAGE Segment
    -Defining the OMVS Segment and why
    -Defining the NETVIEW Segments)
    -Defining the OPERPARM Segments
    -Defining the TSO Segments and why
    -Defining the WORKATTR Segments
    -Parameters only applicable to ALTUSER
    -Required authority levels for User Commands
    -Basic PASSWORD
    -Changing Other Users Passwords
    -Full Syntax of PASSWORD
    -Required authority levels Password Command

    -Connect and Remove Commands
    -CONNECT a user to a Group
    -REMOVE a user from a Group
    -Relevance to deleting a Group
    -Required authority levels for Connect/Remove

    -Data set Profile Commands
    -Discrete Data set Profiles
    -Generic Data set Profiles
    -Adding a data set profile (ADDSD)
    -Discrete Profile Parameters
    -Generic Wildcard Characters - %
    -Generic Wildcard Characters - *
    -Generic Wildcard Characters - **
    -Specifying Data set Attributes
    -Access Levels
    -Auditing Access Attempts
    -Profile Copying
    -RACF Remote Sharing Parameters
    -Security Level & Category Checking
    -Other Profile Attributes
    -Deleting a data set profile (DELDSD)
    -Modifying an existing data set profile (ALTDSD)
    -Parameters only applicable to ALTDSD
    -Obtaining data set profile information (LISTDSD)
    -Listing multiple data set Profiles
    -Listing Generic or Discrete Profiles
    -Required authority levels for data set Commands
    -Allowing other users/groups access (PERMIT)
    -Conditional Access Lists
    -Permitting Many Users access
    -Denying Users and Groups access
    -Deleting Access Lists
    -Required authority levels for Permit Command

    -General Resource Profile Commands
    -Defining additional resources (RDEFINE)
    -Common RDEFINE Parameters
    -Providing extra Profile Information
    -TME Segment
    -Controlling DLF use - DLFCLASS
    -Controlling APPX use - APPCLU
    -Controlling PassTickets - PTKTDATA
    -Interfacing with Tivoli Products - ROLE
    -Controlling STCs - STARTED
    -Controlling access to SystemView - SYSMVIEW
    -Why not to use - TAPEVOL
    -Controlling access by screen - TERMINAL
    -The use of GTERMINL
    -Using TCICSTRN/GCICSTRN to protect CICS Transactions
    -Using WHEN(PROGRAM) to Protect Load Modules
    -RACF rather than ISFPARMS to Protect SDSF
    -Deleting a resource profile (RDELETE)
    -Modifying resource profiles (RALTER)
    -Parameters only applicable to RALTER
    -Obtaining information about resources ( RLIST)
    -Common RLIST Parameters
    -Listing Non-RACF Segments
    -Special RLIST Features
    -General resources and the PERMIT command
    -Required authority levels for General Resource Command

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    40% theory 60% practical on mainframe Live Server

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