Course List & Schedule

2017 FIRST QUARTER SCHEDULE

Dates Course Title CPE Credit Duration Location
Feb 27 – Mar 2 Beyond the Basics of RACF Administration 24 4 Days Online
Mar 20 – 23 Basics of RACF Administration 24 4 Days Online

2017 SECOND QUARTER SCHEDULE

Dates Course Title CPE Credit Duration Location
April 3 – 5 Auditing z/OS and RACF 18 3 Days St. Louis, MO
April 17 – 19 RACF Security for z/OS Applications 18 3 Days Online
April 17 RACF Security for z/OS Applications – Module 1 6 1 Day Online
April 18 – 19 RACF Security for z/OS Applications – Module 2 12 2 Days Online
April 24 – 27 Basics of RACF Administration 18 3 Days Sacramento, CA
May 8 – 11 Beyond the Basics of RACF Administration 24 4 Days Online
May 22 – 25 Basics of RACF Administration 24 4 Days Tallahassee, FL
Jun 5 – 9 Advanced z/OS Security: z/OS Networking 30 5 Days Sacramento, CA
Jun 26 – 29 Basics of RACF Administration Online 24 4 Days Online

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

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Course Descriptions

Basics of RACF Administration

This course is designed for individuals who administer 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 course not only covers theory, it provides a realistic set of lab exercises that enable the students to apply knowledge learned during the discussion sessions. The lab environment allows them to choose to complete their assignments using RACF commands, RACF panels, and/or the Vanguard Administrator. Lab exercises make up approximately one-fourth of the class experience.

 

Course material specifically discusses the major RACF functions: user authentication, resource authorization, surveillance, and administration.

 

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.

Beyond RACF® Basics

The course is designed to enhance existing RACF skills by becoming more familiar with the structure of the RACF data base, understanding system settings, RACF utilities, RACF Tables, and digital certificates as well as discussing security for z/OS UNIX, JES, SDSF, 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

The 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

RACF® Security for z/OS Applications

This course is designed for individuals who administer RACF security for DB2®, CICS® or IBM® MQ. The course not only covers theory; it provides a realistic set of lab exercises that enable the students to apply knowledge learned during the discussion sessions. Participants have the option of registering for both modules or just the module applicable to your needs.

 

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Understand how to use RACF security for DB2 objects and authorities
• Administer RACF security for CICS regions, users, transactions, commands, and application resources
• Understand how to implement IBM MQ security using RACF

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