Training Schedule and Course Descriptions

Fourth Quarter 2022

Dates Course Title CPE Credit Duration Location
December 5th - 9th RACF Administration I 15 5 Half-Day Sessions Online
December 19th - 21st Implementing Security for z/OS UNIX 9 3 Half-Day Sessions Online

First Quarter 2023

Dates Course Title CPE Credit Duration Location
January 9th - 13th Auditing z/OS and RACF 15 5 Half-Day Sessions Online
January 30th - February 3rd RACF Administration I 15 5 Half-Day Sessions Online
February 27th - March 3rd RACF Administration II 15 5 Half-Day Sessions Online
March 27th - 31st RACF Administration I 15 5 Half-Day Sessions Online
April 17th - 18th Using RACF for DB2 6 2 Half-Day Sessions Online
April 19th - 21st RACF for CICS 9 3 Half-Day Sessions Online
May 1st - 5th RACF Administration I 15 5 Half-Day Sessions Online
May 15th - 19th Auditing z/OS and RACF 15 5 Half-Day Sessions Online
June 5th - 7th Implementing Security for z/OS UNIX 9 3 Half-Day Sessions Online
June 26th - 30th RACF Administration II 15 5 Half-Day Sessions Online

RACF Administration I

The course is designed for individuals who are new to administering RACF, or those who are interested in sharpening their RACF administration skills through the use of RACF commands, RACF panels, or the Vanguard Administrator product. The class covers the theory of z/OS security and also provides three hours of hands-on lab exercises to practice what the student covers in class.

 

Upon completion of this course, the student will have a strong understanding of RACF and the Vanguard Administrator product, enabling them to apply their new skills as an effective RACF security administrator in a z/OS environment.

RACF Administration II

This course is designed to enhance existing RACF skills by becoming more familiar with the structure of the RACF database, understanding system settings, RACF utilities, RACF tables, and digital certificates; as well as discussing security for JES, storage, and programs.

 

Upon completion of this course, the student will have a strong understanding of RACF, enabling them to apply their new skills as an effective RACF security administrator in a z/OS environment.

Auditing z/OS and RACF

This course is designed for individuals that need knowledge of RACF reporting tools. The course focuses on the logging and reporting capabilities of RACF. The course not only provides theory; it also provides a realistic set of lab exercises so that students can apply knowledge learned during the discussion sessions. Course material discusses the use of RACF Utilities — IRRUT100, IRRUT200, IRRUT400, IRRRID00, and IRRDBU00, as well the use of the RACF and SMF reporting tool, ICETOOL. The course will also address the reporting capabilities of the Vanguard products — Administrator, Advisor, Analyzer, and Configuration Manager.

 

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to use the RACF utilities and the Vanguard products to perform RACF data base reporting functions. They will also be able to use the Vanguard Analyzer and Vanguard Administrator to perform RACF analysis, write RACF and SMF reports using ICETOOL, and use the Vanguard Advisor for SMF reports. These skills will help the student determine how effectively RACF has been implemented in their z/OS environment and be prepared to identify security exposures.

Advanced z/OS Security: z/OS Networking

This course is designed to enhance existing system and RACF skills by becoming more familiar with the structure of networking in a z/OS environment. The course explores HTTP setup, usage of LDAP, security in z/OS UNIX, the use of Digital Certificates, as well as a discussion on VPN, SSH, SSL/TLS, and AT-TLS and the differences between them.

 

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the reasons for transport level encryption.
  • Perform RACF security functions for z/OS UNIX System Services.
  • Demonstrate the use of digital certificates in RACF.
  • Explain the use of SERVAUTH profiles to control port access.
  • Describe the components of network security.
  • Explain VPN (IPSec), Kerberos, SSH, SSL/TSL, and AT-TLS and the differences between them.
  • Migrate unsecured services (such as TN3270 & FTP) to SSL/TLS protection using digital certificates.
  • Transition unsecured services (such as FTP) to utilize AT-TLS, deprecating SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.0

Using RACF for CICS

This course is designed for individuals responsible for implementing, administering, and supporting RACF.

Three hours of hands-on lab time to practice what you have learned on our z/OS system. Upon completion of this course, the student will become proficient in using RACF to secure CICS transactions, resources, and commands.

Using RACF for DB2

This course is designed for individuals implementing and administering RACF who wish to become proficient in understanding and securing DB2 objects using RACF.

Upon completion of this course, the student will have learned advanced techniques & best practices for performing RACF Administration.

Implementing Security for UNIX

This course is designed to enhance existing RACF skills by understanding the security functions provided by RACF for z/OS UNIX.

Upon completion of this course, the student will have a strong understanding of RACF security for z/OS UNIX, enabling them to apply their new skills as an effective RACF security administrator.

Self-paced training sessions provide subscribers with everything they need to securely administrate mainframe systems.

Addressing the most common questions related to our training program. If your question isn’t answered, there is a form to submit your questions to our training team.

Top-tier education from some of the most skilled and experienced RACF professionals in the field!

RACF-specific topics and training meet-ups, specific to local geographic regions.

ALL COURSE DATES AND LOCATIONS ARE TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  ALL COURSES AND INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO VANGUARD’S zSECURITY UNIVERSITY™ CANCELLATION POLICY